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Bad breath, or halitosis, can ruin your confidence and make social encounters uncomfortable for everyone there. Let’s talk about what causes it and how to get rid of it.

Poor Hygiene

If you’re brushing and flossing your teeth irregularly, that can allow waste-producing bacteria to build up in your mouth and cause your bad breath. You can prevent this kind of bad breath by brushing and flossing consistently, and using a tongue scraper to clean your tongue.

Dry Mouth

If your mouth is constantly dry, that may cause bad breath because your mouth is not being cleaned out by your saliva like it normally would. Eat healthy foods that need a lot of chewing, like carrots or apples, or chew sugar-free gum.

Gum Disease

Bad breath that persists even when you’re brushing and flossing regularly can be a sign of advanced gum disease. Ask our dentist about this at your next appointment.

Smoking and Tobacco

Tobacco smoke and juice stain your teeth and cause bad breath, and increase your chances for many health complications. Smoking also affects your sense of smell, so it can make it hard for you to know that you have bad breath.

Medical Conditions

If our dentist has ruled out any oral cause of bad breath, it could be the result of another medical problem, such as a sinus infection, acid reflux disease, diabetes, and liver or kidney disease. See your doctor to learn about treatment options in these cases.

If you’re having bad breath, come into Fischer Family and Cosmetic Dentistry and see Dr. Katherine B. Fischer & Charles C. Fischer. Our Centreville, Virginia, dental team is eager to help you.