The Causes and Treatments of Bad Breath

Bad breath generally occurs if you don’t brush and floss your teeth properly each day. Doing so will keep food remnants and other debris stuck in your smile, causing bad breath and promoting bacteria growth between teeth, around the gums, and on the tongue. Another reason for bad breath is the use of tobacco, whether it’s chewing or smoking tobacco. This can cause bad breath, stain your teeth, irritate your gums, and kill your taste buds. Another cause of bad breath is gum disease. One of the biggest symptoms of gum disease is persistent bad breath or a constant bad taste in the mouth. Gum disease is caused by plaque buildup on your smile and the bacteria begin to form toxins on the surfaces of your teeth that irritate and poison your gums.

To treat your bad breath, you can do the following:

• Practice good oral hygiene: Brush, floss, and rinse every day. You can brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Don’t forget to brush the tongue. Floss once a day to remove stuck objects between your teeth, and rinse your mouth with fluoride, bacteria-killing, or anti-gingivitis mouthwash daily.

• Visit your dentist every six months: These appointments will help you treat gum disease as well as eliminate any substance in your mouth that might be causing the bad breath.

• Stop smoking and using chewing tobacco products: This is the best way to eliminate bad breath if you have smoking or chewing habits. For tips on quitting, talk to your dentist during your next dental appointment.

• Drink a lot of water: Drinking water will keep your mouth moist. You can also chew gum or suck on candy to eliminate bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth.

If you would like more tips on treating bad breath, please call our office today!