Bad Breath: What Causes It and How to Treat It

 In Dental Care

Bad breath is a problem nearly everyone faces at one time or another. According to an article from the Harvard Health Blog, around 30% of the population has halitosis (bad breath). Some people may have pseudo-halitosis, a belief that they have bad breath even when they don’t. It can affect people’s lives to the point they can develop a phobia called halitophobia.

What Causes Bad Breath?

Many things cause bad breath. It can result from common dental problems like plaque on your teeth and debris on your tongue. It can also be a result of lifestyle choices such as the use of tobacco products or a new diet. Conditions such as dry mouth and acid reflux are known to cause this problem. Other medical conditions such as mouth, nose, throat infections, renal failure, and diabetes can cause bad breath. Medications can do so, as well.

How Do I Treat It?

Treating halitosis requires good oral hygiene and can include home remedies.

Oral Hygiene

For good oral hygiene, it’s essential to have healthy dental habits. This includes brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day. Scraping your tongue and using a mouthwash rinse once a day can also help. It’s essential to keep your dentures or other dental appliances clean. It would be best if you replaced your toothbrush regularly. Another important part of maintaining good oral hygiene is to schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings. Here at Wytheville Dental Group, we offer dental cleanings along with other routine dentistry services.

Home Remedies

Many foods and drinks can help treat bad breath. Drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated is essential. Other options include:

  • Milk-drink a glass of low/full-fat milk with your meal.
  • Green Tea-mix 2 cups at night and refrigerate; sip throughout the next day.
  • Pineapple Juice-drink a glass of juice or chew on a pineapple slice.
  • Apples-powerful affect against garlic.
  • Oranges-increase saliva production.
  • Fennel/Anise Seeds-eat roasted, sugar-coated, or plain.
  • Parsley-chew on fresh leaves or take a dietary supplement.
  • Zinc-use chewing gum or take a dietary supplement.

If you are interested in learning more about managing bad breath, please contact us to schedule an appointment.