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No one wants bad breath, and we’ve all had that awkward moment of talking to someone with halitosis, while trying to find that “safe-distance”. And we certainly don’t want to be the one with the problem. Bad breath can be caused by a number of things such as disease, medication, or by not eating enough, but it can also be caused by poor oral hygiene. Your dentist may need to treat you for your bad breath, but there are some things that you can do on your own.

For examples, drinking more water can help cleanse your mouth of the bacteria and food debris that cause bad breath. This is especially important if you suffer from dry mouth. Of course, the importance of brushing and flossing can’t be overstated. You should brush no less than two times a day for two minutes at a time, and floss at least once a day. These are basic steps in dental care, and are a big part in removing the substances that cause bad breath, cavities and gum disease.

And while you are brushing you should clean your tongue as well, since it harbors bacteria that cause halitosis. Of course, your diet can contribute to the problem, so you should cut back on foods that cause odors and eat more foods that stimulate saliva production and don’t cause you stomach problems. Think about eating more dark green and crunchy fruits and vegetables, more protein, and whole grains.

Finally, your dentist can not only give your teeth a thorough cleaning, but can also help you discover if your bad breath is being caused by your diet or habits; or if you need additional medical treatment. If you would like to make an appointment to see our dentist, Dr. Abbas Nejad at Abbas Nejad DDS in Laveen, Arizona, call 602-237-7878 today!