How to Fix Bad Breath

How to Fix Bad Breath

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Bad breath or “halitosis” (the medical term) is the result of having questionable oral hygiene habits, and it is also an early indicator of other serious health problems. Having unhealthy lifestyles habits such as smoking or drinking alcohol as well as eating certain foods on a regular basis would only worsen the halitosis.

The human mouth is riddled with bacteria, whether you have good or bad oral habits, these pesky microscopic critters will be there, the only difference is the amount of it and the damage they can do. When food debris gets trapped between your teeth if not properly removed by tooth brushing, flossing or mouthwash, bacteria will grow.  Another reason for bad breath is your eating habits, eating strong odorly foods like garlic, onions or alcohol, can make matters worse for you.


If you don’t brush your teeth after every meal or floss them on a daily basis food particle is left to rot on the teeth, gum line, and tongue and as we mentioned earlier this is one of the leading causes of bad breath, rinsing your mouth with antibacterial mouthwash helps to kill off some of these bacteria.

If you have dentures and you don’t properly clean them it can also lead to bad breath. Smoking, drinking alcohol and chewing tobacco also causes bad breath, teeth stain, gum irritation, and reduces your ability to taste food.


Having constant bad breath could be an early indication of Gum Disease and if it is left untreated it damages the gums, the jawbone, and tooth loss. Other causes are:

  • Yeast Infection
  • Dental Cavities
  • Defective dental appliances

Dry mouth or xerostomia is yet another cause of bad breath because if there isn’t any saliva to keep your mouth moist, neutralizing plaque acids, and washing away dead cells from your tongue, cheeks, and gums they will decompose in your mouth and cause bad breath. Dry mouth could be a side effect of certain medications, issues with your salivary glands, or constantly breathing through your mouth.

There is a wide variety of diseases that can cause halitosis like:

  • Acid reflux
  • Kidney problems
  • Postnasal drip
  • Diabetes
  • Liver problems
  • Pneumonia
  • Bronchitis
  • Sinus infections


If you want to prevent bad breath or “halitosis” here are several good tips:

  • Commit to an awesome dental hygiene regimen: Using a fluoride-based toothpaste brush your teeth after every meal getting rid of food particles on your teeth and tongue, tartar, and plaque. If you have dentures remove them every night and clean them properly before you put them up the next morning.


  • Visits the dentist in Chapel Hill NC regularly: During your visits to the dentist, he will scrutinize your teeth, mouth, and tongue searching for any signs of gum disease, dry mouth or any other causes of halitosis.


  • Stopping bad habits: If you smoke or chew tobacco you need to quit immediately. If you having trouble with this your dentist can help you quit your addiction.


  • Drinking a lot of water: Keeping your mouth moist is vital to fighting off bad breath. If you want to stimulate the production of saliva you can chew gum or suck on candy as long as they are sugarless and contain xylitol.


  • Keeping track of what you eat: If you are suffering from bad breath, your dentist will question you on your eating habits, it may be a good idea for you to keep a log of the things you eat.

In any case, your dentist is fully trained to deal with the halitosis problem. If she or he determines the cause of your halitosis isn’t of dental origin, you will be most likely referred to a specialist who will examine you and identify the source of the problem. If your bad breath is caused by Gum Disease your dentist is most likely to refer you to a Periodontist.

If you need a dentist near me for a consultation, call Dr. Durusky from Cornerstone Dentistry at (919) 595-1010 to schedule an appointment.

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If you have any questions about our dental services, please contact Cornerstone Chapel Hill Family Dentistry at:

Mail: 401 Providence Road Suite 101 Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Phone: (919) 595-1010