How to Stop Bad Breath in Its Tracks

stop bad breath, bad breath, halitosisStinky breath (halitosis) is embarrassing and is especially problematic if you have to talk to people up close. Why does your breath smell like the pits of hell and what can you do about it? Learn how to stop bad breath naturally.

What Causes Bad Breath?

Some causes are obvious. You know why a smoker would have foul breath. The same goes for someone who just ate garlic. Other causes, though, are less apparent and may also be an indicator of more serious dental issues.

One cause is dry mouth. Lack of saliva production, known as xerostomia, prevents the breakdown of food particles. It also allows odor-producing bacteria to proliferate.

Other causes include a high-sugar diet, drinking too much coffee, digestive issues, and even prescription medication.

See a Dentist

We suggest informing your family dentist of your symptoms. Treatment may include a deep cleaning to remove bacteria or a special mouthwash formulated for halitosis. You can seek such treatment in conjunction with seeing a cosmetic dentist. Bad breath and stained teeth often go hand in hand.

Drink Plenty of Water

As mentioned, dry mouth is one of the causes of bad breath. Combat dry mouth by staying hydrated. This means drinking plenty of plain H2O and not other beverages. As a side benefit, drinking water helps the body flush out toxins.

Rinse with Baking Soda

Substitute store-bought mouthwash with a solution of water and baking soda—.5 teaspoon of baking soda in 4 ounces of warm water. Just mix the solution and gargle. Just as baking soda can remove odors from household items, it can do the same for your mouth.

Learn How to Stop Bad Breath Naturally

Make an appointment with Mukilteo Dental Arts. Bad breath may be an indicator of a bigger underlying problem that may even require oral surgery. Knowing how to stop bad breath will increase your smile and confidence.

General Dentistry for the Whole Family

General family dentistry for Mukilteo, Everett, Lynnwood, Edmonds & Mill Creek