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Bad breath can be embarrassing. Luckily, most cases of halitosis can be solved with a little brushing up of your oral hygiene routines! Here are some probable causes of bad breath and how to combat it.

The first thing to do is to honestly rate your dental hygiene. Brushing twice a day for 2 minutes and flossing once a day are vital to your oral health. However, if you really are brushing and flossing consistently and the problem still arises, it’s time to look at some other options.

First, the foods you eat can cause bad breath. Garlic is particularly notorious for this. If you have eaten a strong-smelling food, try chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes to stimulate saliva flow (which cleans the food away from your teeth) and to freshen breath.

Tobacco and alcohol use can also give you bad breath. It is best to limit or eliminate their use, for the sake of both oral and overall health. They create foul odors and dehydrate your mouth, reducing the saliva that cleans it. This allows bacteria to thrive, promoting halitosis and other oral problems.

If you brush and floss every day, have not eaten strong smelling food, and do not use alcohol and tobacco, your halitosis may be due to a more serious health problem such as gum disease. Some other diseases can also cause bad breath. Talk to your dentist or doctor if the problem persists.

Speak with your dentist about your bad breath at your biannual appointment. The sooner your dentist examines your mouth, the sooner our team can identify the problem and get you back on track. To schedule an appointment in American Fork, Utah, call Murdock & Searle Family Dentistry at 801-770-1222. Dr. Bryce Searle and our team are happy to help!