What causes bad breath?
- Eating certain foods like onions and garlic and using tobacco can lead to bad breath.
- If you don't brush and floss your teeth properly, have gum disease or dry mouth, bacteria can build up in your mouth, causing bad breath.
- Certain medications or medical disorders can cause dry mouth. When there is not enough saliva in your mouth to wash away food particles and bacteria, bad breath can result. Other disorders, such as a sinus infection or postnasal drip, can also cause bad breath.
What is the treatment for bad breath
- See your dentist and hygienist regularly to check for problems such as gum disease dry mouth and other dental disorders.
- If your dentist finds that you build up a lot of plaque from checkup to checkup, he may recommend that you use a special antibacterial toothpaste or mouthrinse.
- If your bad breath is due to gum disease, your dentist may refer you to a periodontist, a specialist that treats gum disease.
- If your dentist finds no oral cause for your bad breath, he may refer you to your family physician or to a specialist for treatment.
How can I find a dentist who treats bad breath?
- All dentists are taught about the oral causes of bad breath in dental school. You might start by asking your own dentist about your problem and ways to treat it. Or, call your state or local dental society for referrals.
What can I do about bad breath?
- Good oral hygiene is essential to reducing bad breath. Brush thoroughly twice a day with toothpaste and toothbrush and floss daily to remove plaque and food particles. Brush your tongue, too, for fresh breath.
- If you wear dentures, remove them each night and clean well before replacing them each morning.
- And remember to schedule regular dental checkups to detect any problems that may cause bad breath.