Do I Have Bad Breath?

From ALLtech dental provider Delta Dental of Washington

There’s nothing quite as embarrassing as realizing that you have bad breath. Whether you had just a bit too much garlic for lunch or you ran out the door without brushing your teeth, bad breath is a cloud that hangs over you for the whole day.

But exactly what causes bad breath is more complicated than you might think. Here are a few common reasons why you might be suffering from halitosis:

  • Poor dental hygiene habits
  • Consuming food and beverages such as garlic and onions
  • Low-carb diets (i.e. Atkins, Keto) can often result in bad breath
  • Dehydration, not drinking enough water
  • Mouth, nose and throat infections
  • Tobacco use resulting in “smokers’ breath”

Taking just a few simple steps can have your mouth feeling refreshed and ready to get up close.

  • Brush and floss twice a day
  • Use an antibacterial toothpaste that gets rid of bacteria and plaque
  • Replace your toothbrush once every two months
  • Visit your dentist for regular preventative check-ups

For a more in-depth look at the reason for halitosis and a full list of all the ways you can help, read our blog post on the Common causes of bad breath and how to fix them.