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Why the Bad Breath?

Causes and treatments for bad breath.

What Causes Bad Breath?

There are many causes for bad breath, also known as Halitosis. Bad breath can be resolved by changes in your hygiene routine, and with the help of a dentist. Bad breath can be caused commonly by not brushing and flossing regularly, and this often leads to tooth decay. When adequate dental hygiene is not sustained, bacteria grows in the mouth when food gets stuck in between teeth. This bacteria causes painless inflammation and releases an undesirable odor. Medical conditions such as Diabetes, Liver Disease, Chronic Bronchitis, and Respiratory Tract Infections are also causes of bad breath. Habits such as smoking and chewing tobacco are also factors which contribute to bad breath. Whatever the cause, bad breath should be discussed with your dentist at your next appointment.

What Can be Done to Fix Bad Breath?

After consulting with your dentist, you may be advised to be more vigilant about keeping up with your oral hygiene. Oral hygiene begins with consistent appointments with your dentist at a minimum of every six months (ideally three months), and brushing and flossing after every meal. Foods such as garlic and coffee contribute to bad breath. Food is digested and absorbed in the bloodstream, and then exhaled by your lungs. Staying hydrated and cutting back on alcohol also helps curtail bad breath. Mints are excellent shot-term fixes for bad breath, but they do not address the underlying cause. Using mouth wash with bacteria fighting ingredients can also help maintain fresh breath. The best way to keep your breath fresh is by making sure to regularly visit the dentist, and remedying all the underlying causes for bad breath.