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Bad breath, also called “halitosis,” can be embarrassing. But what causes bad breath? In this blog post, we’ve collected a few probable causes for bad breath, and ways that you can fight back.

First, honestly assess your dental hygiene routines. Are you brushing twice a day, for a full two minutes each time? Are you flossing once daily, taking about two to three minutes? If the answer to both of these questions is an honest “yes,” and yet you still deal with consistent halitosis, it’s time to look at some other options for why your breath is bad.

The simplest solution would be if your halitosis was caused by strong-smelling food, such as garlic or onions. If you have eaten strong-smelling food, try chewing on sugar-free gum for 20 minutes. This will promote saliva flow, washing away food particles and bacteria. The scent of the gum will also freshen your breath temporarily, as your mouth works to clean itself.

The use of alcohol or tobacco products can also give you bad breath. They not only create odors on their own, but they also dehydrate the mouth, making it harder for it to clean itself. This allows bacteria to thrive, which also contributes to bad breath. It is best to limit or eliminate the use of these substances for both oral and overall health.

If you haven’t eaten any strong smelling food, and don’t use tobacco or alcohol, chronic bad breath could indicate other medical problems, such as gum disease or other conditions. Talk with your dentist if your bad breath persists.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Gentle Dental Arts in Orem, Utah, at 801-788-4922. Dr. Alexander Larsen and our team are happy to help!