Bad breath can be caused by smoking, gum disease, dry mouth, various medical conditions, improper or inconsistent dental healthcare, or strong foods like garlic and onions. Bad breath is uncomfortable and embarrassing but it is also treatable.
Eliminating the bacteria found on your tongue and gums is one of the first steps in getting rid of bad breath. The tongue surface is made up of many tiny fissures which can trap small particles of food. When this food begins to decompose, bacteria produce a sulfur compound which in turn causes bad breath. When brushing, remember to brush your tongue to help remove this sulfur compound.
Gum disease is another source of sulfur producing bacteria. A professional cleaning by your dentist will remove the bacteria from your mouth causing the bad breath.
Bad breath can be caused by dry mouth. If this is the case, your dentist will investigate it and suggest treatment options.
With the right treatment and regular visits to your dentist, you’ll notice improvement right away and soon will be enjoying fresh breath and a healthier mouth.