Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is not just embarrassing; it may also be a sign of adverse health conditions. Causes of bad breath include food particles in your mouth, certain diseases and medical conditions, gum disease, smoking, and dry mouth.
Find the Cause of Bad Breath
If you suffer from bad breath or you notice a bad taste in your mouth, make an appointment to see your dental professional. He or she can determine whether the cause is poor oral health.
Bacteria that cause gum disease live below the gumline and can produce a volatile sulfur compound, the agent often responsible for bad breath. The bacteria can also cause inflammation, but because it's below the gumline, you may not see or feel it.
If your dentist does not find gum disease or other oral health causes for your bad breath, make an appointment to see your doctor. Medical conditions such as sinus infections and metabolic disorders can also result in bad breath.
Prevent and Treat Bad Breath
Gum disease and poor dental hygiene are common causes of bad breath. To help get rid of bad breath at home, make sure your daily oral health routine includes brushing at least twice a day and flossing once per day. Dental professionals also recommend cleaning your tongue to help prevent bad breath.
For the most effective flossing solution, choose the Waterpik® Water Flosser. Studies show that the Waterpik® Water Flosser can disrupt bacteria that live deep beneath the gumline, reducing plaque and the bleeding caused from periodontal inflammation. Waterpik® oral health care products are clinically proven to reduce gingivitis, remove plaque, and improve gum health.
The Waterpik® Tongue Cleaner accessory, which attaches to the Water Flosser, is specially designed to remove bacteria that cause bad breath. The contoured spoon shape effectively traps and removes bacteria on the hard-to-reach back area of the tongue.