How Can I Get Rid of My Bad Breath?

If you are experiencing halitosis, more commonly known as bad breath, you are not alone. It is suggested that in the United States there are nearly 60 million people struggling with a chronic form of this condition. In fact, one in every four people in the world have bad breath and about half of the adult population has experienced it at one time or another. In fact, it is so prevalent — and so distressing to most people who have it — that it is the third most common reason people seek out the help of a dental professional, right after tooth decay and gum disease.

In order to properly treat and eliminate bad breath, it is important to understand the underlying causes of the condition.

What are Some of the Causes of Bad Breath?

There are many factors that can contribute to the development of acute or chronic halitosis or mouth odor. 

Common Causes of Bad Breath

One of the most common sources of mouth odor is poor dental hygiene, where food particles become trapped between teeth or below the gums and begin to decay. If the food is not removed, it can form plaque that can build up, causing tooth decay and gum disease. Other common culprits of bad breath include:

Even some common conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD or acid reflux) can cause or contribute to the formation of bad breath. 

Less Common Causes of Bad Breath

There are some other more serious conditions that can cause halitosis:

While most of these issues are exceedingly rare, it is important to be seen by a dental professional if you are experiencing chronic bad breath or breath that smells like any of the substances described above. Some of these conditions are very serious if left untreated, so you should always seek professional help in resolving bad breath.

How Can I Stop My Breath from Smelling Bad?

Barring any rare disorders, good oral hygiene is your first line of defense against most common causes of bad breath. Consider the following:

Most importantly, see your dental professional for regular checkups and cleanings. If you have chronic bad breath, making an appointment with your dentist can help rule out more serious problems such as gum disease or other medical issues.

Ready to Get Rid of Your Bad Breath? The Professionals at Care Dental Center in Carson Can Help

If you are in the Carson, CA area and are having difficulty getting rid of mouth odor, our team of dental professionals can help. We emphasize dental cleanings and prevention in our practice and can help you regain oral health, reduce the incidence of halitosis, and create a home care regimen that will keep your breath smelling fresh and your smile healthy. 

Don’t be embarrassed by bad breath anymore. Get to the root of the issue by contacting our office today for an appointment at (310) 626-0004.


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