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Halitosis, or what is more commonly known as bad breath, can put a real damper on your confidence and professional presence. Here’s how you can prevent it.

Poor Hygiene
Irregular oral hygiene is one of the main causes of bad breath in our society. It allows bacteria to build up in your mouth and produce the foul-smelling waste that causes bad breath. To prevent this, brush and floss your teeth regularly, and clean your tongue using a tongue scraper.

Dry Mouth
A persistently dry mouth can also cause halitosis. Regular saliva production cleans the mouth and keeps it fresh. Your doctor can help with medically caused dry mouth, but you can help by chewing sugar-free gum or eating foods that need good amounts of chewing, such as carrots or apples. The chewing will help with the production of saliva.

Gum Disease
The bacteria that causes periodontitis, or gum disease, can also be the cause of bad breath. Talk to our dentist about periodontal treatment to help treat this cause of halitosis.

Smoking and Tobacco
Along with other its health risks, smoking or chewing tobacco can cause bad breath. It can also make it so you can’t even tell because it also affects your sense of smell. We recommend speaking to your doctor for advice on how to quit smoking.

Medical Conditions
Sometimes the cause of halitosis is related to another medical issue. Many different conditions can cause bad breath, from a sinus infection, to liver and kidney disease, to gastric reflux, to diabetes. If Dr. Philippe Athuil rules out oral causes for your halitosis, contact your doctor for other treatment options.

If you’re having bad breath, come into Philippe Athuil, DDS. Our Beverly Hills, California, dental team is eager to help you.