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Bad breath: Causes and Treatments

Bad breath. So common that everyone knows about it. But, did youknow there is a medical term for bad breath? It’s called halitosis. Many people suffer with bad breath daily, but how does it happen and how can you fix it?

 

Many experts say the main cause of bad breath is poor dental health habits. However, poor eating habits and poor health can also contribute to bad breath. Food leads to bad breath because the food you eat is broken down and then absorbed into the bloodstream, which eventually arrives at the lungs and then given off in your breath. Foods with strong odors are only partly covered by toothpaste and mouthwash. Food stuck in your mouth also causes bad breath if the food is left in there long enough and starts growing bacteria. This bacteria commonly leads to gum disease. Gum disease is a health problem and also a regular cause of bad breath. Other poor health problems can also lead to bad breath. These include: pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections, acid reflux, diabetes, and more serious conditions like liver and kidney problems.

So, what can you do to prevent bad breath? No one wants to be the one friend that has funky breath all the time. The first (and most obvious) thing to do is brush and floss twice daily. Some experts also recommend replacing your toothbrush every few months. Second, it’s important to get your teeth professionally cleaned at least twice a year. Dentists will get bacteria and plaque buildup, plus check for any signs of gum disease and other mouth related issues. This is where Smiles of Bellevue comes in. We focus on wellness dentistry, which does more than just fix current oral health problems. We want to prevent future issues with intensive mouth examinations and teaching helpful tips to keep your mouth in the best health possible. One final tip: drink lots of water. This is not only good for your mouth, but it’s good for your body. Drink at least 8 glasses a day to keep you and your mouth hydrated.
 

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