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Bad Breath

By: Dr. Elizabeth Craig | July 13, 2015


The source of 80% of bad breath comes from the oral cavity.  When the bacteria build up around and in between your teeth and on your tongue it can cause inflammation and let off a noxious odor.  Everyone has bad breath from time to time, but when you are experiencing it regularly it could indicate a problem and you should consult with your dentist.

Bad breath can be prevented or decreased by doing the following:

  1. Practice good oral home care. Brush your teeth twice a day. Don’t forget to brush your tongue too! Floss your teeth to remove the plaque and food in between them.   If you were or denture or partial denture remove it at night and clean before placing back in your mouth.
  2. See your denture routinely. Check ups with your dentist twice a year will enable your dentist to see if the bad breath is being caused by tooth decay, dry mouth, or other problems.
  3. Stop smoking or chewing tobacco.
  4. Keep your mouth moist. Drink water or use sugar free gum to stimulate saliva.
  5. Keep a log or take notice of the foods you eat routinely. It is possible the foods you eat are contributing to the bad breath.