Bad Breath: What Causes It and How You Can Prevent It
Bad breath is something everyone must deal with at some point. For many people, morning breath is simply something you wake up to. Your breath can take a turn for the worst at any time of day, especially if you've eaten certain foods. You don't have to suffer from foul-smelling breath. Your dentist can help you uncover the cause and offer suggestions that will help you keep your breath as fresh as possible.
Causes of Bad Breath
Bad breath has many causes aside from the foods you eat. Some things can be avoided, while others aren't so easy to prevent. A few of the most common causes of bad breath in adults include:
- An abundance of bacteria in the mouth
- An abscess or infection in a tooth or the gum tissue
- A side effect of certain medications
- Acid reflux
- General poor health
Bad breath is common for many people without having a serious underlying cause.
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Getting Rid of Bad Breath
The best way to get rid of bad breath is to reduce the number of bacteria in the mouth. Brushing and flossing twice a day is how dentists recommend keeping your breath fresh and clean. When you can't brush after a meal, use a mouthwash that has been approved by the ADA. This will also keep debris from settling in and around your teeth causing cavities or damaging your enamel.
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If your breath seems to be getting worse no matter how you try to get rid of it, schedule an appointment with us at Campustown Dental. After a thorough cleaning and evaluation, you and the dentist can work together to find the cause of what is affecting your breath. Follow their recommendations and your breath will smell fresh and clean throughout the day.