Bad breath is something that affects millions of Americans every single day. But what causes bad breath, and how can we eliminate those things and ensure we have fresh breath?

First, let’s look at what is most likely causing bad breath. Most commonly, bad breath is the result of a lack of proper hygiene care. If you suffer from bad breath, this is a good hint that you need to put more focus on your home care. Proper oral hygiene should include brushing your tongue and flossing on a regular basis. If you are not doing those things, germs and bacteria will remain in your mouth and cause bad breath.

In addition to not exercising proper dental hygiene, bad breath might also be a result of xerostomia (dry mouth). The best thing you can do to combat xerostomia is to drink more fluoridated water, consume less caffeine and alcohol, and change your diet to include things that promote saliva production.

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Lastly, your routine dental checkups are critical in ensuring that you avoid bad breath. Routine dental checkups will help you remove any plaque and tartar that you missed while brushing and flossing.

Do you need to see a dentist or periodontist?

If you are concerned about your oral health, in particular, the health of your gums, we welcome you to contact us today at our office in Memphis.