If you are battling this beast, don’t give up! There are many possible reasons and your dentist can help you pinpoint the cause.
- Smoking – If you are a smoker, you already know that this causes bad breath and you should quit now! Here are some great tips for quitting.
- Poor brushing and flossing habits – if you are already brushing twice a day and flossing once daily, try a new toothbrush or a different type of floss. Set a timer and see if you are rushing through brushing. It should take no less than 2 minutes to brush. Don’t forget to brush your tongue and gums.
- Gum Disease – if you already have gum disease it is causing odor. Early gum disease is reversible, so see your dentist right away if you suspect gum disease.
- Food and Drink – what you eat and drink can create odors in your mouth and in your lungs. Brush and floss after meals to help reduce the food odor.
- Dry Mouth – saliva washes bacteria out of your mouth, so when your mouth gets dry bacteria builds up creating odor. Some medications can also cause dry mouth. Try a moistening mouth wash, drink plenty of water, and try sugarless candy and gum. Avoid rinses containing alcohol, as they can be drying.
- Chronic infections in the mouth, throat, and sinuses can produce an odor. See your doctor if you suspect an infection as it may require antibiotics.
- Other Causes – tonsil stones, acid reflux, diabetes, bronchitis, or kidney or liver disease.