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Bad breath, also called halitosis, takes a lot away from your social and professional image. Here’s what you can do about it.

Poor Hygiene
Poor dental hygiene causes most cases of bad breath. Bacteria builds up in the mouth over time and produce the foul smells as they eat the leftover food in your mouth. You can prevent this by simply brushing and flossing regularly and cleaning your tongue with a specially designed scraper.

Dry Mouth
A persistently dry mouth can also cause halitosis. Regular saliva production cleans the mouth and keeps it fresh. Your doctor can help with medically caused dry mouth, but you can help by chewing sugar-free gum or eating foods that need good amounts of chewing, such as carrots or apples. The chewing will help with the production of saliva.

Gum Disease
The bacteria that causes periodontitis, or gum disease, can also be the cause of bad breath. Talk to our dentist about periodontal treatment to help treat this cause of halitosis.

Smoking and Tobacco
Along with other its health risks, smoking or chewing tobacco can cause bad breath. It can also make it so you can’t even tell because it also affects your sense of smell. We recommend speaking to your doctor for advice on how to quit smoking.

Medical Conditions
Sometimes the cause of halitosis is related to another medical issue. Many different conditions can cause bad breath, from a sinus infection, to liver and kidney disease, to gastric reflux, to diabetes. If Dr. Kerry Olszewski rules out oral causes for your halitosis, contact your doctor for other treatment options.

If you’re having bad breath, come into Mill Creek General Dentistry. Our Mill Creek, Washington, dental team is eager to help you.