What Causes Bad Breath and How to Correct it?

Bad breath is a medical issue that is also known as halitosis. It can be caused by poor oral hygiene, food odor or other medical issues. There are certain foods that you can eat that can also cause mouth odor such as garlic and onions. When you eat these types of foods, you are introducing sulfuric compounds into your mouth while also promoting growth of microbes. Bad breath is often caused by bacteria and traces of food particles that are collected in the back of the tongue as well as the creases of the tongue.

To counteract the effects of bad breath you need to brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day. You should especially do this right after you eat and make sure to also scrape your tongue to remove excess food particles. You should also floss your teeth daily because it cleans the plague between your teeth while also promoting gum health. If you are not able to brush your teeth right after eating, try chewing gum or mints with zylitol. Mouthwash is also great to use because it breaks down the sulfur compounds, which are responsible for the bad breath. Another way to prevent mouth odor is to drink lots of water. By drinking water, you are keeping your mouth moist, which helps to wash away food particles and bacteria.

In some cases, mouth odor is not necessarily caused by what you eat but by medical issues in the mouth such as gum disease, dry mouth, cavities, or yeast infections of the mouth. This is why it is very important to see your dentist regularly, Dr Dan Shomer will diagnose this disorder and give you a plan to control this problem. By having your teeth properly checked out, detection and treatment of medical problems can also be referred to a physician if necessary.

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