Many people suffer from chronic bad breath or halitosis. Bad breath is something you do not want to be known for, and typically finding the cause is easy. If you suffer from bad breath but also brush, floss, or gargle each day the cause may not be obvious. Taking the time to figure out the underlying problem that may be causing your bad breath is important, and finding a cure can be simple.
How to Quickly Get Rid of Bad Breath: Common Causes
The first area patients should focus on is their dental hygiene habits. Gum or mints are only a short-term solution, and finding the cause is the only way you can truly get relief from bad breath. Looking at your dental hygiene is a great place to start because dental hygiene is the most common cause of chronic bad breath. About 85% of bad breath comes from inside the mouth. If you do not brush and floss daily (including brushing your tongue), bacteria can get left behind and cause issues with your breath. Bacteria eat the leftover food particles in your mouth, and as a result, leaves a foul-smelling odor in your mouth and on your teeth.
If patients wear retainers, dentures, or mouthguards while they sleep, these devices can trap bacteria or food particles if not cleaned properly. This can be attributed to halitosis or chronic bad breath. Taking care of your teeth and mouth is extremely important for your overall and oral health, and can prevent issues such as bad breath that could be embarrassing around others.
Cavities or Infection
If you suffer from cavities or have an infection lingering in your mouth that has not been treated, this can cause bad breath. Attending regular visits to our office for your dental cleaning and exam is important. Our skilled staff can get in front of issues such as cavities or infections and prevent further problems in the future. If patients have issues with their tonsils or throat, this can cause bad breath and can be from an infection such as strep throat. Patients should seek treatment from their primary care physician if they feel there is an issue with their tonsils or throat.
Dry Mouth or Dehydration
Dehydration or dry mouth is a common cause of bad breath. Saliva and water wash away bacteria or food particles. If your mouth is not hydrated this reduces saliva and can cause halitosis. Our saliva contains pertinent minerals and proteins that help defend against bacteria. Staying hydrated is important to keep our mouth healthy and to prevent bad breath.
How to Quickly Get Rid of Bad Breath: Other Possible Causes
- Acid reflux
- Digestive issues
- Liver disease
How to Quickly Get Rid of Bad Breath: Solutions
- Avoid tobacco products
- Brush and floss two times a day. Brush your tongue as well.
- Drink water and stay hydrated
- Remove any devices and clean them thoroughly
- Review your diet and try and stick to eating healthy foods
- Use a tongue scraper daily to remove bacteria
- Use an antimicrobial rinse daily
- Visit our dental office for regular cleanings and exams
How to Quickly Get Rid of Bad Breath: Seeking Professional Help
There are many simple solutions to cure bad breath. We encourage you to make an appointment for an exam in our office to discuss your concerns. Our skilled staff can help give you tips, and our thorough dental exam can help identify any issues you may have that could be causing chronic bad breath. If you have already tried simple solutions and still notice your bad breath does not go away, we may advise you to make an appointment to see your primary care physician.