How Do I Get Rid of Bad Breath?

young woman covers her mouth with both hands to hide bad breath

There are few things worse than walking into an important meeting and realizing that you have bad breath. To help you avoid this fate, today we want to focus on some of the causes and treatments for bad breath. Once you’ve determined the cause, you can choose the right treatment to get rid of bad breath.

Your Hygiene & Diet May Cause Your Bad Breath

Without regular brushing and flossing, food particles can stick in your mouth and between your teeth. As oral bacteria feed on those leftover bits, they release sulfur compounds that make your breath smell bad. Certain foods like onions, garlic, or coffee can also negatively impact your breath. To get rid of bad breath linked to poor oral hygiene or your diet, you’ll need to make a few changes. First, establish a good oral hygiene routine at home: brush your teeth twice daily and floss every day. You may also want to avoid food and drinks that are notorious for causing bad breath, especially if you know you’ll be around others!

Dry Mouth Can Lead to Bad Breath

If you constantly feel like you have cotton mouth, you may not be producing enough saliva. This is a problem because saliva acts as a rinse for your teeth and mouth. If you don’t have enough, food particles are more likely to stick to your teeth and cause bad breath. Some of the causes of dry mouth are breathing through your mouth, salivary gland issues, or certain medications. If you think you’re experiencing dry mouth, Dr. Nettey-Marbell can help you find the right treatment.

Smoking & Tobacco Use

If you’re looking to get rid of bad breath while smoking or using tobacco products, you have an uphill battle. In addition to putting you at risk for various health problems, smoking and tobacco can make your breath stink. If you do use tobacco products, a good at-home oral hygiene routine is even more important. To ask our team any questions about treating bad breath or to schedule your next appointment, call us today!

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