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How to Manage Bad Breath

Chronic bad breath is known as halitosis. It can be an embarrassing situation, but there are ways to manage and reduce halitosis if addressed properly. Knowing the cause of halitosis is an important first step to treating the problem. These are a couple of the most common causes of halitosis:
  • Improper brushing and flossing, which leaves food particles in the mouth that breed bacteria
  • Lack of professional dental cleanings
  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Dry mouth
  • Smoking
  • Dry mouth
  • Diet
The key in treating in treating halitosis is eliminating the source of the problem. Often, the problem is caused due to an excess of oral bacteria in conjunction with other factors. Here are the most common ways that halitosis is treated:
  • Increasing your brushing and flossing routine to brush after every meal and floss at least once a day
  • Brushing your tongue to remove excess bacteria on the surface
  • Use of a mouthwash to aid in removing additional bacteria
  • Coming in for your regular biannual checkups and cleanings
  • Quitting smoking