What causes bad breath?
Studies show that about 80% of halitosis problems originate in the mouth; the remaining 20% result from medical causes. Most often it can be caused from food, reflux, tooth decay or broken or leaking fillings, periodontal disease, dry mouth or a build up of plaque and tartar that can harbor odor causing bacteria. Some of the medical causes to be that can contribute to a patient having a halitosis problem are sinus infections, diabetes, stomach, liver or kidney ailment or diet. Certain medications can also cause bad breath. Also, use of tobacco in any form can cause halitosis.What can I do to prevent bad breath?
Good oral hygiene is the first place to start. It is important that you brush your teeth and tongue at least twice a day, or as often as you need to brush in order to keep you mouth clean and healthy, floss once a day and rinse with an antiseptic mouthrinse, such as Listerine, or a periodontal rinse, such as BreathRx, twice a day to help kill the bacteria in your mouth. (Make sure that you purchase products with the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance displayed on them). Be sure to keep regular scheduled professional cleanings. Please let us know if you have any concerns about maintaining fresh breath. See Oral Hygiene Instructions.