Chronic bad breath can be embarrassing, but it can also tell you what’s going on with your mouth or body, such as underlying medical conditions, stress, hormonal changes, dry mouth and poor oral hygiene.
Bad breath can be caused by a few things: bacteria, decaying food, infected gums, smoking and even an empty stomach.
Make sure your oral health is in good shape by maintaining a solid routine of brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily and seeing your dentist twice a year. Your dentist can tell right away if your gums or other parts of your mouth are causing bad breath. It’s important to also gently brush your tongue each day, as bacteria tends to cling to the back of the tongue.
What you eat and drink also plays a key role in maintaining good oral health. A healthy diet of fruits and vegetables (and yes, even garlic) helps keep your teeth strong and clean. Limiting sugary foods will help prevent cavities, and drinking lots of water helps flush away food debris and bacteria from the mouth.
There is no better time than now to schedule an appointment with your dentist to kick bad breath and poor oral health aside so you can live well and smile more.