Halitosis – Causes and Cures

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Halitosis, or what is more commonly known as bad breath, can put a real damper on your confidence and professional presence. Here’s how you can prevent it.

Poor Hygiene

Irregular oral hygiene is one of the main causes of bad breath in our society. It allows bacteria to build up in your mouth and produce the foul-smelling waste that causes bad breath. To prevent this, brush and floss your teeth regularly, and clean your tongue using a tongue scraper.

Dry Mouth

One thing that can cause bad breath is a constantly dry mouth. Your saliva has many functions, but one of them is to continually clean your mouth out. Eating healthy foods that require a good amount of chewing, such as apples or carrots, or chewing sugar-free gum, can help with the production of saliva.

Gum Disease

The bacteria in gum disease can cause bad breath. Our dentist can help treat gum disease to remove the cause.

Smoking and Tobacco

If you smoke or chew tobacco, that can have a pronounced negative effect on your breath and increases your chances for many health problems. It also affects your sense of smell, so it can be hard to tell at all if you have bad breath. We strongly recommend quitting as soon as possible.

Medical Conditions

If Dr. Parampal has ruled out any oral cause for your bad breath, it might be a different medical problem. Oral or sinus infections, gastric reflux, kidney or liver disease, and diabetes can all cause bad breath. Speak with your doctor to see what treatment options are available.

If you’re having bad breath, come into Pelandale Dental Care. Our Modesto, California, dental team is eager to help you.