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Bad Breath: 5 Causes & 5 Remedies


As many as 50 percent of adults have experienced bad breath at some point in their lives. And that's only the percentage willing to admit this embarrassing occurrence! The condition is medically known as halitosis and is not something people like to brag about, to say the least.

In this post, we'll discuss five common causes of bad breath and another five effective remedies to solve this problem once and for all.

Five Causes of Bad Breath

A lot of things can cause bad breath. Some are harmless and others may be a symptom of a more serious underlying condition that needs treatment. Remember that our bodies often show us symptoms to alert us to make changes or seek help for conditions. These may include:

Bacteria: The mouth is home to a lot of bacteria, both good and bad. However, there are a lot of bacteria that may feast on food left behind in the mouth that may then leave behind a not-so-good smell.

Food: A variety of foods like garlic, coffee and onions can also leave your mouth smelling bad.

Tobacco: Smoking stains your teeth and can put you at risk of serious dental and general health problems. But it can also cause bad breath and leave your mouth smelling bad.

Dental conditions: Dry mouth, gum disease and a few other dental health problems can also cause bad breath.

Medical conditions: If you brush and floss regularly and your dentist has ruled out dental conditions, your bad breath may point to other serious medical issues like diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease, gastric reflux, etc.

Five Remedies of Bad Breath

Bad breath can make you feel uncomfortable at job interviews, on dates, or just talking with friends. But here are five effective remedies that may help improve the condition:

  1. Maintain a great oral hygiene routine of regular brushing and flossing.
  2. Use mouthwash to neutralize bacteria in between brushing and flossing.
  3. Clean your dentures thoroughly if you wear them.
  4. Quit smoking and avoid foods that may trigger bad breath.
  5. Eat more carrots, apples and other healthy foods so your mouth doesn't get dry.

Above all, seek professional help from your dentist if the condition persists. Regular dental visits can help prevent the condition before it starts affecting your quality of life. If your dentist rules out dental issues, you may have to see your primary care doctor.

For more information about bad breath or to schedule a visit, call us today at 425-409-2180.

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