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Do you have bad breath that just won’t go away? If so, you aren’t exactly alone. Bad breath or halitosis can be caused by a variety of factors, and today we would like to review some reasons for it and what you can do about it. Let’s take a look!

— Do you have a constant dry mouth? Dry mouth means less saliva in the oral cavity to wash away foul smelling bacteria. Dry mouth can be caused by dehydration, drinking alcohol or caffeinated beverages which act as diuretics, eating spicy foods, and cigarette smoking. To increase healthy saliva production, make hydration a constant goal, and limit dehydrating behaviors. Your dentist can also prescribe artificial saliva if necessary.

— Are you on a low carb diet? Low carb diets remove carbohydrates from your diet and increase protein intake instead. This means the body is left to burn fat for energy. This process releases ketones through the breath, causing an unpleasant oral residue. If you are currently on a low carb diet, you can chew sugar-free gum to stimulate saliva production to freshen breath.

— Are you currently sick? Oral illnesses like colds, sinusitis, or bronchitis, can all cause your breath to smell bad. The buildup of odor-causing bacteria feeds off of the mucus produced by these illnesses, particularly since they also create stuffy noses. When you have a stuffy nose, you end up breathing out of the mouth which results in dry mouth. When you are down with an illness, stay as hydrated as possible and keep your mouth as clean as possible. Drinking plenty of fluids can help fight this effect.

If you find yourself with persistent bad breath after stepping up your oral hygiene routine and trying the remedies above, we invite you to come in for a checkup with one of our dentists. There may be other underlying causes we can determine, such as gum disease or tooth decay. Just call our team in Woodlyn, Pennsylvania at 610.833.1919 any time. Dr. Neil Dhillon, Dr. Grace Woo, and our Complete Care Dental team are here for your smile!