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Having bad breath is never pleasant, but it is often caused by poor diet and oral care and can be remedied by improving oral hygiene habits such as daily brushing, flossing and antibacterial mouthwash use. However, the development of halitosis, or chronic bad breath, is often an indication of a more serious problem that requires professional treatment.

We encourage you to attempt to remedy your bad breath by maintaining an effective oral hygiene routine so that the natural bacteria in your mouth can’t thrive and produce bad odors that stink up your breath. In addition to daily brushing and flossing habits, be sure to clean your tongue twice each day.

If your breath doesn’t improve, come see one of our wonderful dentists to determine if you have an underlying health issue. A common cause of bad breath is chronic dry mouth, which occurs when prescription medication, tobacco and alcohol use or dehydration decrease your saliva production. Tobacco use can make your breath rancid when your soft oral tissues become permeated with tar and chemicals.

You may also need to be screened for medical conditions such as diabetes or kidney or liver disease, as these can also contribute to bad breath. Diabetes may produce a slightly sweet odor as well as bad breath.

For more information about how to treat bad breath in Walpole, Massachusetts, contact B. SABA DMD, PC at (508) 668-1531 today and schedule a time to speak with our experienced dentist.