What’s That Smell? Hopefully Not Your Breath!

Nobody wants their breath to be stinky! But what causes bad breath? Normally it’s one of two things: bacteria in the mouth, or particularly pungent foods like onions or garlic. However, bad breath can also be the sign of medical conditions like dry mouth, gum disease, sinus problems, liver or kidney disease, or acid reflux. And of course, smoking is not only dangerous to your health, it’s killer on your breath! bad breath

Treating and preventing bad breath depends on the cause, but in general, it begins with good dental hygiene. Brush at least twice a day with an ADA Seal toothpaste and floss daily. See your dentist regularly. And don’t forget to pay attention to your tongue! Whether with a tongue scraper or your toothbrush, make sure you clean your tongue because a lot of bacteria gathers there. If you wear dentures, make sure to clean your dentures nightly, as well as the inside of your mouth.

If bad breath persists even with good dental hygiene, it may be the sign of a more serious condition. Come see us at Jordan Dentistry in Cumming, GA, to rule out any of these potential conditions and put together a treatment plan. We can check for signs of gum disease and dry mouth. And finally, if you’re a smoker, remember that quitting is the best choice for your health, including your mouth.

Bad breath doesn’t have to be a fact of life! Contact Jordan Dentistry today and let’s start you on a journey to your best smile.

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