What to Do for Bad Breath

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Even though no one likes bad breath, this doesn’t stop it from being a common issue among patients. There are many ways to go about preventing bad breath and identifying the causes behind why bad breath occurs is the first step to stopping it. Find out what you can do to combat that stinky breath here!

What causes bad breath?

Bad breath is a common issue that can be caused by multiple factors. Gases released by bacteria coating your teeth, gums, and tongue is essentially why your breath may smell. Also, bits of food being stuck and rotting in your mouth can cause an unpleasant smell. Eating strong smelling foods such as garlic, onions, or coffee can also make breath smell worse. Lastly, Gum Disease and Dry Mouth (xerostomia) can be a cause of bad breath, and keeping up with dental check-ups can help catch these.

How to prevent bad breath:

  • There are many ways to keep your breath smelling fresh. The most important thing is to brush both your teeth and gums at night and in the morning. Also, don’t forget to brush your tongue!
  • Cut down on sugary foods and drinks that can cause your teeth to rot. For example, replacing your morning coffee (or at least one cup of it!) with a bit of lemon juice infused into hot water can help maintain fresher breath.
  • Remember to floss your teeth once a day! Brushing does not fully clean your mouth. Flossing helps get rid of any extra food stuck between your teeth.
  • Finish with mouthwash. The majority of mouthwashes contain antibacterial agents that can kill bacteria responsible for bad breath.
  • Lastly, visit your dentist regularly! Dr. Koumas recommends you go to the dentist bi-annually, or at least yearly.

Dr. Michael Koumas is a dentist in Newburgh, NY who has been listed as one of Hudson Valley Magazine’s Top Dentists for the past decade, as well as Hudson Valley Magazine Top Doctors. Dr. Koumas is a graduate of the University of Maryland College of Dental Surgery.

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