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Bad Breath – Causes and Treatments

Everyone suffers from bad breath from time to time. Certain foods and drinks can cause your breath to smell less than fresh. Food debris get trapped in the mouth and can cause bad breath. Poor oral hygiene is another culprit which can cause bad breath. No matter what the cause, there are easy treatments to get your mouth and breath smelling fresh. 

Certain medical conditions such as diabetes, a respiratory infection, and an infection in your mouth may also cause bad breath. Poor oral care, dentures, and oral appliances can cause germs to accumulate and release volatile sulphur compounds (VSC). The VSC’s consist of methyl mercaptan, hydrogren sulfide, and other sulfide elements. These are released from the mouth when you speak or breath causing bad breath.

If you’re seeking relief, the first place to start is to practice good oral hygiene. Brush and floss your teeth twice a day and use a freshening mouthwash. Brushing your tongue or using a tongue scrape will also remove more food debris and bacteria which contribute to bad breath. 

If these steps don’t help, visit your dentist’s office. Dr. Taylor will examine your teeth and gums to make sure there are no underlying medical factors contributing to bad breath. Diabetes, gum disease, certain infections can cause bad breath. 

If your breath is less than fresh, call or contact us today and ask about bad breath treatments.