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When the time comes to assess your oral health and anything you can do to make sure that your mouth is well protected against its risks, look for issues associated with the buildup of plaque and debris in your mouth. If plaque is allowed to continue unhindered in your mouth, it can eventually give rise to bacteria that produce foul odors responsible for halitosis. Halitosis, also known as bad breath, can not only be linked to poor dental health habits but can even be the result of an underlying oral health condition or physical health condition. To effectively treat bad breath, you will need to first treat the condition causing it.

There are several conditions that can lead to bad breath occurring. Oftentimes, an issue with poor oral hygiene due to a failure to effectively clean out debris and bacteria in your mouth can lead to bad breath. If you’re brushing or flossing routines are not working effectively or if you are struggling with using the proper tools and techniques, consider adding supplemental cleaning tools such as mouthwash and chewing gum to your oral hygiene routine. They are often most effective after eating when your risk for dental abrasion may be increased, so brushing may not be ideal.

Aside from oral hygiene, risks within your diet can increase the likelihood of bad breath. If you’re eating foods such as garlic and onions or drinking liquids such as coffee, bad breath may be on the rise. Furthermore, problems including gum disease or plaque buildup can make you more likely to suffer from bad breath. Bad breath can even be linked to underlying health conditions within your body such as a respiratory tract infection or problems with your liver and kidneys.

Are there any remaining questions you have about bad breath? To improve your smile with bad breath treatments, you are welcome to schedule a visit to our dentist in Spokane, Washington. Dr. Debra Craig and our team at Harmony Family Dental want to help you with all of your oral health care needs! To contact us, please call our office at 509-467-1562.