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How to Manage and Prevent Bad Breath

February 18, 2022
Posted By: Alta Dental Studio

Bad breath affects everyone at one time or another. It can result from a garlicky lunch or a spicey breakfast. Even tea can lead to bad breath.

Typically, brushing and flossing eliminate bad breath. And if you’re outside and unable to get to your toothbrush and floss, a mild mouth rinse usually does the trick.

If brushing and flossing don’t get rid of your bad breath, it’s essential to talk to your Vancouver dentist. Bad breath that does not improve can indicate conditions requiring treatment, such as gingivitis or gum disease.

Common Causes of Bad Breath

Dry Mouth

A dry mouth can contribute to tooth decay and bad breath. If you suffer from dry mouth, be sure to drink water throughout the day and avoid alcohol-based rinses. Chewing gum can also temporarily eradicate dry mouth.

Poor Oral Hygiene

Failure to brush and floss regularly causes bacteria to build up on the teeth and gums, contributing to bad breath. It’s also important to visit your dentist regularly for checkups and teeth cleanings. Poor oral hygiene can also mean oral infections that threaten your teeth and cause bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth.

Tobacco Use

Smoking often leads to bad breath because it contributes to a dry mouth, and tobacco itself produces an unpleasant odour on the breath. Ask your doctor for tips and about programs that can help you quit.

Medical Issues

Medical issues like acid reflux or a sinus infection can lead to bad breath. If you suspect acid reflux or notice sinus issues, it’s essential to see your doctor.

Talk to Your Dentist in Vancouver

If the cause of your bad breath is not immediately apparent, we encourage you to arrange an appointment with the dentist.

Conditions like gingivitis and gum disease may have only a few symptoms initially, but gum disease can cost you your teeth and even contribute to heart and lung complications. Your dentist can determine whether you have gum disease and if it’s the cause of your bad breath.