Did you know that bacteria in the mouth, especially on your tongue, are the biggest cause of bad breath? The sulfur byproducts from the bacteria are referred to as VSC’s (volatile sulfur compounds) and their presence causes bad breathe. Poor hygiene, tobacco use, dry mouth (typically from multiple medications), and some medical conditions (respiratory infection, sinusitis, bronchitis, diabetes) also cause bad breath.
How do I get rid of bad breath?
We recommend flossing daily and brushing twice a day (especially the tongue). Some mouthwashes can also help kill the odor causing bacteria. A clean, plaque free mouth is beneficial to patients with dentures, partials, and natural teeth. Chewing sugarless gum can increase saliva flow and snacking on carrots and apples can help loosen debris. Make sure to eat a vitamin rich diet and contact us if bad breath persists.