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Dealing With Chronic Bad Breath

Chronic bad breath (halitosis) is caused by bacteria build-up in the mouth. It can also come from:

• Cavities
• Gum disease
• Trapped food particles
• Cracked fillings
• Dirty Dentures

This is why maintaining a good oral regimen is so important. The key to fighting chronic bad breath is to practice good oral hygiene. Dr. Gauthier recommends brushing and flossing no less than two times per day. It helps to reduce the amount of bacteria that forms in your mouth. Also, using an antibacterial rinse will help to prevent cavities, reduce plaque and fight bad breath. Most importantly, maintain your dental follow-ups and routine check-ups every six months.

Medical Conditions Can Cause Chronic Bad Breath

Some individuals may suffer from other medical conditions that can cause them to have chronic bad breath. These conditions include:

• Acid reflux
• Chronic dry mouth
• Diabetes
• Chronic bronchitis
• Liver disease
• Kidney disease
• Respiratory Tract Infections
• Postnasal drip

Diet Can Cause Chronic Bad Breath

If you eat poorly or eat to too much of the wrong foods, you may develop chronic bad breath. Consult your primary care physician or a dietician to devise a healthy, well-balanced diet. Also, foods that you should consider reducing or avoiding include:

• Garlic
• Onions
• Spicy foods
• Coffee

Ways to Combat Chronic Bad Breath

Having chronic bad breath can cause you embarrassment. There are some steps that you can use daily to help combat your chronic bad breath including:

• Brushing your teeth twice a day
• Using a toothpaste that contains fluoride
• Flossing
• Chewing sugarless gum or mints
• Reducing alcohol consumption
• Avoiding all tobacco products
• Staying hydrated (avoid sugary drinks)

If your chronic bad breath persists, it may be an indication of some other condition. Contact Dr. Gauthier to schedule an appointment so that he can evaluate your condition and advise you of available treatment options.