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Many people suffer from halitosis, which is also known as bad breath, from time to time. Bad breath can be embarrassing and unpleasant. Did you know that there are certain things that can cause halitosis and that there are ways to keep halitosis at bay?

Causes of bad breath include:

– Dry mouth
– Gum disease
– Some foods and beverages
– Smoking or using tobacco products
– Bacteria and plaque in the mouth
– Issues with the body, like sinus infection, liver disease, or diabetes

There are a variety of methods to reach a mouth that feels fresh and clean.

Brush and floss more often.
The buildup on your teeth, plaque, creates the bacteria that causes bad breath. Be sure to brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day. If you want fresher breath, do both more often.

Brush or scrape your tongue.
Clean your tongue with a toothbrush or tongue scraper regularly. Most bad breath bacteria gathers on the tongue.

Remove and clean dental appliances.
For those with removable dentures, take them out in the evening and clean them before reinserting them.

Quit smoking.
Quit smoking. This will improve your breath and give you a higher quality of life.

Avoid foods and beverages that cause bad breath.
The following foods and beverages cause bad breath:

– Onions
– Garlic
– Cheese
– Pastrami
– Certain spices
– Orange juice
– Soda
– Alcohol

Visit our office.
Visit Pro Spoto Dental at least twice a year so our dentist can help you maintain and improve your dental health. Dr. Gerald Spoto can detect and treat issues that may be causing bad breath. If issues in other areas of the mouth are causing the bad breath, we may recommend that you visit your primary doctor.

We encourage you to contact us at (813) 884-3287 today to learn more about treatment for bad breath in Tampa, Florida, and to schedule a visit.