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Bad Breath. It can ruin your confidence during a social or professional encounter, making everyone there feel uncomfortable. Here’s what causes bad breath:

Poor Hygiene

Brushing and flossing poorly or irregularly can cause bacteria to build up in your mouth over time and when you eat, they feed on the food left in your mouth. The waste they leave behind is foul-smelling and one of the main causes of bad breath. You can prevent this by brushing and flossing your teeth regularly, and by cleaning your tongue thoroughly with a toothbrush or tongue scraper.

Dry Mouth

If your mouth is constantly dry, that may cause bad breath because your mouth is not being cleaned out by your saliva like it normally would. Eat healthy foods that need a lot of chewing, like carrots or apples, or chew sugar-free gum.

Gum Disease

If you still have bad breath after brushing and flossing consistently, your bad breath may be a sign of gum disease. Talk to our dentist about how to treat gum disease.

Smoking and Tobacco

Tobacco smoke and juice stain your teeth and cause bad breath, and increase your chances for many health complications. Smoking also affects your sense of smell, so it can make it hard for you to know that you have bad breath.

Medical Conditions

If our dentist has ruled out any oral cause of bad breath, it could be the result of another medical problem, such as a sinus infection, acid reflux disease, diabetes, and liver or kidney disease. See your doctor to learn about treatment options in these cases.

If you’re having bad breath, come into Bright Dental Care and see Dr. Yong Eon Park. Our Bakersfield, California, dental team is eager to help you.