Bad Breath (Halitosis)

Got “morning breath”? Brush your teeth and it’s gone. That’s not halitosis. Neither is the garlic breath after eating spicy Italian food. But if you’ve tried every brand of mouthwash and breath freshener and the bad breath just doesn’t go away, something is causing you to have halitosis. This embarrassing condition is very common and for most people totally treatable.

Causes of bad breath

Halitosis can be caused by several different conditions, including food particles in the teeth or gums, gum disease, plaque, and certain illnesses and diseases. If you suffer from dry mouth, your saliva isn’t clearing food particles out of your mouth, which causes an increase in bacteria and bad breath. Smoking tobacco products and vaporless cigarettes makes the dryness and the smell worse.

Dental hygiene recommendations to eliminate bad breath

For many people, a good daily oral hygiene routine to remove bad-smelling bacteria may take care of the problem. The American Dental Association recommends:

  • Brush twice a day (nighttime is especially important) and floss daily to remove food particles and bacteria.
  • Remember to brush your tongue, where bacteria thrive.
  • Help kill bacteria with mouthwash, but it can’t replace brushing and flossing.
  • Have regular dental checkups to identify oral health issues before they become problems.

You don’t have to live with bad breath. Call Dr. Boyajian of Gallery Dental Arts in Beverly Hills for a consultation to determine the possible causes of halitosis and develop a plan to enjoy fresh-smelling breath again.

We invite you to call today to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Boyajian, one of Beverly Hills’ premier cosmetic, general and holistic dentists. It would be our pleasure to serve you.

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