#NationalFreshBreathDay

Today - being national fresh breath day, we wanted to share some tips on what may be causing bad breath and how to treat and prevent it from coming back! 

Halitosis, more commonly known as bad breath, can result from poor oral health habits and could even be a sign of other health problems. If you don't brush and floss teeth daily, food particles can remain in your mouth, promoting bacterial growth between teeth, around the gums, and on the tongue. This also applies to dentures – odor causing bacteria and food particles can cause bad breath if not properly cleaned. 

Persistent bad breath could be a sign of gum disease – which is caused by a buildup of plaque on teeth. If left untreated, gum disease can damage the gums and the jaw bone. 

Other diseases and illnesses that may cause bad breath include:
-    Pneumonia
-    Bronchitis
-    Chronic Sinus Infections
-    Diabetes
-    Liver or Kidney Problems
-    Chronic Acid Reflux
-    Dry Mouth

What are the best ways to prevent bad breath?
-    Practice good oral hygiene
-    See your dentist regularly
-    Quit smoking and using tobacco related products
-    DRINK WATER, a lot of it
-    Keep track of what you eat, your dentist can help see if part of your diet is causing the bad breath