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Colonial Dental Group Cosmetic Dentistry Blog - Dooley, Lewis, and Quezada

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Bad Breath: Causes and Solutions

Nobody wants bad breath. It's embarrassing, and can lead others to believe you have poor oral hygiene or overall health. Ever year, Americans spend millions of dollars on things like mouthwash and gum to cover up bad breath; but what causes bad breath in the first place, and what can really be done to cure it?

Causes of Bad Breath

The most common causes of bad breath are the things we put into out mouth. Food, beverages, and tobacco products all impact our breath. Other causes of bad breath include:

  • Improper oral hygiene like failure to brush and floss regularly
  • Gum disease
  • Dry mouth
  • Sinus infections
  • Diseases, including lung disorders, cancer, and kidney failure
  • Extreme dieting or starvation

Treatment for Bad Breath

The best treatment for bad breath is proper oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing after every meal, or at least twice a day, will help ensure your breath stays it's freshest. Other steps to eliminate bad breath include:

  • Regular dental visits for thorough cleanings, for identification of potential problems, and treatment for gum disease, and dry mouth
  • Not using tobacco products
  • Drinking water throughout the day to keep your mouth moist

Professional strength mouthwashes and treatments are available for severe cases of dry mouth and gum disease. The dentists at Colonial Dental Group will be able to work closely with you to find a solution that best fits your needs.

If you suffer from bad breath in or around Chicago, Illinois, please contact us for an initial consultation. The professional dentists at Colonial Dental Group can instruct you in proper oral hygiene and help eliminate the problem of bad breath forever.

posted by Erica at 9:30 AM


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