How to Prevent Bad Breath in 4 Easy Steps

Bad Breath (Halitosis)

Causes of bad breath
There are many causes of bad breath and one of them is poor oral hygiene. Bacteria build-ups around and between your teeth can cause an unpleasant odor. These bacteria also produce acid when you eat and can lead to cavities.

If you suffer from gum inflammation (gingivitis) or loosening of teeth (periodontitis), your mouth contains an extra amount of bacteria that contribute to bad breath. In these cases, professional treatment of the diseases is necessary to help cure bad breath.

Bacteria also thrive on the top surface of the tongue and reducing these bacteria is an important part of treating bad breath.

Bad breath can also be caused by strongly flavored food and strong-smelling drinks such as coffee and alcohol. Bad breath caused by eating and drinking is often temporary. Medication and some medical conditions may be a source of bad breath, contact your health professional for advice.

Treating bad breath
Depending on the cause of your bad breath the treatment can vary. Usually, good oral hygiene is effective – cleaning your gums and teeth twice a day, as well as cleaning between your teeth with interdental brushes or dental floss. Use a tongue cleaner to prevent the build-up of bacteria on your tongue and reduce bad breath.

Visit your dentist for regular check-ups of your oral hygiene. Your dentist can recommend you the best way to keep your teeth, gums and mouth healthy and will help you remove plaque build-up.

How to prevent bad breath

The most efficient way to prevent bad breath is to maintain a good daily oral hygiene routine.


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