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Bad breath, also called halitosis, takes a lot away from your social and professional image. Here’s what you can do about it.

Poor Hygiene
Poor dental hygiene causes most cases of bad breath. Bacteria builds up in the mouth over time and produce the foul smells as they eat the leftover food in your mouth. You can prevent this by simply brushing and flossing regularly and cleaning your tongue with a specially designed scraper.

Dry Mouth
If your mouth isn’t producing enough saliva, that can cause bad breath. Saliva washes your mouth and keeps it clean. Medical issues can sometimes cause this dryness, and you should ask your doctor about that. You can help by eating foods like apples and carrots, or by chewing sugar-free gum, which helps you produce more saliva.

Gum Disease
Periodontitis, or gum disease, is caused by a buildup of bacteria in the space between the teeth and the gums. These bacteria can cause bad breath. Ask our dentist if periodontal treatment can help your bad breath.

Smoking and Tobacco
Smoking and chewing tobacco come with many health risks, but also causes bad breath. It can also prevent you from realizing it because it affects your sense of smell. Speak to your doctor to learn about ways to quit smoking and chewing.

Medical Conditions
Certain medical conditions can also cause bad breath. Gastric reflux, kidney and liver disease, sinus or oral infection, and diabetes can all cause it. If the cause of your bad breath isn’t an oral issue, contact your doctor to see if it’s another issue.

If you’re having bad breath, come into Family Dental Care. Our Bowling Green, Kentucky, dental team is eager to help you.