Everyone experiences bad breath from time to time. Whether you have bad breath every once in a while or chronically, you probably want to find a way to reduce or stop it.
- Provide tips for improving your at-home dental hygiene
- Check for signs of gum disease
- Recommend lifestyle changes that may alleviate bad breath, such as quitting smoking
Chronic bad breath is sometimes one of the symptoms of gum disease
. If you feel like your bad breath does not have an obvious cause, it may be a good idea to schedule an appointment with the dentist. If gum infection is causing the odor, then early treatment can be effective.
Oftentimes, there are things you can do on your own to reduce bad breath. Make sure to brush twice a day and floss once a day, because food debris and plaque stuck on your teeth and in between your teeth can cause an odor. Since many people do not brush every time they eat, you can rinse your mouth out with water each time you eat.