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What causes bad breath (also called halitosis)? In this blog post, we’ve collected a few probable reasons for bad breath, and ways that you can combat it.

Honestly ask yourself these questions about your dental hygiene routines: Are you brushing twice a day, for a full two minutes each session? 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 get consistent halitosis, it’s time to look at some alternative reasons.

Your halitosis could be caused by strong-smelling food, such as garlic or onions. “Garlic breath” can stick around for up to 72 hours! If you have eaten strong-smelling food recently, try chewing on sugar-free gum. This will promote saliva production, washing away food particles and bacteria away from your teeth and gums. The scent of the gum will also freshen your breath as your mouth works to clean itself.

The use of alcohol or tobacco products also gives you bad breath. They not only have odors on their own, but they also dehydrate the mouth. Dry mouth makes it harder for your mouth to get clean, allowing bacteria to thrive. It is best to limit or eliminate the use of these substances for your 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 types of medical problems, such as liver problems, gum disease or other conditions. It is important to talk with one of our dentists if your bad breath persists.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call ADC Dental & Denture Clinic Inc. in Medford, Oregon, at 541-772-8280. Drs. Eplett, Eplett, Haddad, and Lewellyn are happy to help!