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Bad breath and your dental health

By April 5, 2022December 22nd, 2023oral health
a woman covers her mouth because of bad breath

Bad breath and your dental health

Bad breath, also known as halitosis, can affect your dental health, confidence level, and overall health. Chronic breath lingers and can be a sign of something serious happening in your mouth or body.

Halitosis isn’t a condition that can be resolved with chewing gum or mints but should be diagnosed and treated by your dentist.

Causes of bad breath

There are a variety of culprits that can cause bad breath. We’ve compiled a list of causes and treatments below, however, it’s important to consult with your dental provider for medical advice.

  • Tobacco products not only dry out your mouth, but they also leave a lingering odor. Moreover, using tobacco can lead to gum disease and oral cancer.
  • Infections and dental issues like cavities and gum disease can also be contributing factors to how your breath smells.
  • Chronic conditions like diabetes, liver disease, and kidney disease can also cause bad-smelling breath.

Remedies and treatment for bad breath

Once you have consulted with your dentist, they will present you with several treatment options.

At-home remedies and lifestyle habits to help combat halitosis:

  • Brush twice a day and floss once a day to remove particles and plaque buildup in between your teeth, which helps control your breath.
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Typically for adults, the recommended intake is eight 8-ounce glasses per day.
  • Chewing sugarless gum with the ADA Seal of Acceptance can also help boost your mouth’s freshness.

Schedule an appointment with our family dentist

If your issues persist, or if you experience any of the conditions listed above, it’s best to consult with your dentist. Dr. Barker and the Smiles by Design team are knowledgeable in examining, diagnosing, and treating conditions like halitosis. Further, our team can recommend dental products you can use at home to improve your oral health routine. Contact us today!