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Do you ever use mouthwash or chew gum to cover up bad breath? While there isn’t anything wrong with using gum or mouthwash, if you’re constantly using them to cover bad breath, you could be dealing with more serious issues. Luckily there may be a number of things you can do to address these problems—and to improve your breath.

Halitosis, often known as bad breath, is often caused by germs from food particles that are left in your mouth. Sadly, this issue will only get worse if it isn’t addressed. Halitosis can also help bad bacteria grow more quickly than you can remove it. To prevent halitosis, we recommend brushing your teeth after you eat, but you should remember to wait about half an hour before you brush. Otherwise, you could damage your pearly whites and your gums. When you brush, please pay attention to where your gum meets your teeth. Rinsing your mouth with antibacterial mouthwash can also be useful.

Bad breath can also be caused by a number of other factors. For example, poor fitting dentures, yeast infections, or untreated cavities can also lead to halitosis. Certain medical conditions, such as dry mouth, can also cause bad breath. Halitosis may also be caused by smoking.

If you’re interested in learning more about preventing bad breath, please don’t hesitate to contact Healthy Smiles Dental Care® of Flint at 810-720-6433. We’ll be happy to examine your teeth and offer you specific advice. Dr. Steven Rodriguez and our team are excited to hear from you soon!