Bad Breath?

 In Dental Care

Bad breath is a common issue that nearly everyone experiences at some point. According to the Harvard Health Blog, about 30% of the population suffers from halitosis (bad breath). Some individuals might experience pseudo-halitosis, believing they have bad breath even when they don’t. This condition can significantly impact people’s lives, potentially leading to a phobia known as halitophobia.


Bad breath can arise from various sources. Common dental issues like plaque buildup on teeth and debris on the tongue are frequent culprits. Lifestyle choices, such as using tobacco products or starting a new diet, can also contribute. Additionally, conditions like dry mouth and acid reflux are known to cause bad breath. Other medical conditions, including infections in the mouth, nose, or throat, renal failure, and diabetes, can result in halitosis. Certain medications may also be responsible.


Addressing halitosis involves practicing good oral hygiene and utilizing home remedies.


Maintaining proper oral hygiene is crucial. This includes brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing once a day, scraping your tongue, and using a mouthwash rinse daily. Keeping dentures or other dental appliances clean is also important. Regularly replacing your toothbrush and scheduling routine dental checkups and cleanings are essential. At Wytheville Dental Group, we provide dental cleanings along with other routine dentistry services.


Various foods and drinks can help combat bad breath. Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water is vital. Other effective options include:

  • Milk: Drink a glass of low or full-fat milk with your meal.
  • Green Tea: Prepare 2 cups at night, refrigerate, and sip throughout the next day.
  • Pineapple Juice: Drink a glass of juice or chew on a pineapple slice.
  • Apples: They have a strong effect against garlic breath.
  • Oranges: They help increase saliva production.
  • Fennel/Anise Seeds: Eat them 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 would like to learn more about managing bad breath, please contact us to schedule an appointment.