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Bad Breath: When Morning Breath Becomes Halitosis

Posted on January 13th, 2021

Augusta dentist, Dr. Bullard at Bullard Dental tells patients about bad breath – what causes it, and how to prevent it!It’s often said that a true friend will tell you if you have bad breath. Bad breath, formally known as halitosis, is embarrassing and can hold you back from truly enjoying your life and social situations. Like a good friend, Dr. Bullard in Augusta will tell it to you straight. Read more below to determine what to do about your bad breath.

Is Bad Breath Normal?

Yes. Sorry. But some bad breath is just unavoidable. Moderate and occasional bad breath is caused by the normal breakdown of foods for digestion. Most people don’t wake up with minty fresh breath because bacteria build up in your mouth overnight while you are sleeping. Keep normal bouts of bad breath at bay with good oral hygiene, by drinking plenty of water, and by chewing sugar-free gum containing xylitol.

Lifestyle vs. Medical Causes of Bad Breath

Your lifestyle or daily habits may cause you unusually bad breath. There are some things you can do every day to keep bad breath at bay:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day (and don’t forget your tongue!)
  • Floss once a day
  • Keep dentures & other oral appliances clean
  • Stop smoking
  • Eat a healthy diet including a variety of foods and enough calories
  • Avoid odorous foods like coffee, garlic, and onions

However, a larger medical issue can cause constant and/or severe bad breath:

  • Dry mouth
  • Lung, kidney, and liver problems 
  • Gum disease
  • Respiratory illness like colds and sinus infections
  • Acid reflux

If you think your bad breath might be linked with other health issues, see your dentist immediately. You might need more tests to determine the cause.

How Do I Get Rid of Bad Breath?

A dentist will be able to review your medical history and closely examine your mouth to determine what might be causing your bad breath. It’s likely that the dentist will recommend some diet and lifestyle changes to improve your breath and overall health. Time to get friendly with your toothbrush!

Like all good friendships, quality time with your dentist is an important factor in your oral health success. A good relationship with your dentist, including visits at least twice a year, will help you avoid bad breath and many other oral health issues. Make an appointment with Bullard Dental today to see us for a consultation or cleaning!

 

The content of this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Written by Dr. Bullard

Dr. Bullard graduated cum laude from Augusta State University with a business administration and management degree. He served as vice president of his dental class at the Medical College of Georgia where he attained his DMD degree. Rather than entering into private practice directly after dental school, he furthered his education by completing a one-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center here in Augusta. Here he enriched his skills in diagnosis and treatment planning, endodontics, oral surgery, dental implants, and cosmetic dental procedures. Dr. Bullard is currently an Associate Fellow in the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. He is also in the process of attaining Diplomate Status in the American Board of Implant Dentistry. Diplomate Status in the ABOI is an internationally recognized achievement that involves hundreds of hours of dental implant training and multiple written and oral exams. Dr. Bullard is an active member of the Georgia Dental Association, American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and the Augusta Dental Society.

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