11 causes of bad breath and tips to keep it fresh
Bad breath (Halitosis) is a very common problem, everyone experiences it from time to time!
Despite this, it is still a very sensitive issue and many people hesitate to bring it up with us at their visits because of anxiety or embarrassment. We thought we would put together some information to help you learn a little bit more about the causes of bad breath and learn some strategies to prevent and/or treat it.
The medical term for bad breath is halitosis. Because it is such a common issue, there are many different products like mouth rinses, gum, and mints which are advertised to eliminate bad breath. However, these types of solutions only temporarily cover up the problem and don’t address the cause.
Common causes to be aware of:
Less frequent causes:
Tips to keep your breath smelling fresh
Brush and floss your teeth a minimum of twice daily
Brush your tongue twice daily
Consider adding a Waterpik to your oral hygiene routine
Use a neutral pH mouthrinse twice daily (like SmartMouth)
Drink plenty of water each day (8 glasses minimum) and eat a healthy well-balanced diet
Reduce alcohol and caffeine intake
If you are concerned about your breath, try making the lifestyle changes above. If your bad breath persists after making these changes, please book an appointment with us to discuss possible causes and to determine if you should see your physician to find the cause of the odor.