What You Can Do To Address Bad Breath

By henley.tabal
April 15, 2023

A woman covers her mouth with her hand.At Montefiore Medical Center, we understand that halitosis can impact both business and personal relationships. If you struggle with bad breath, it might be time to talk to one of our providers about your concerns. Our dentists can evaluate you to not only provide you with a definitive diagnosis but then talk to you about the cause of bad breath and what you can do to address it.

How Can I Manage Bad Breath?

Here are a few methods of reducing or improving bad breath:

  • Practice good oral hygiene habits at home. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once a day. This will help remove food particles and bacteria from your teeth and gums that could contribute to bad breath.
  • Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water can help rinse away bacteria in the mouth that may be contributing to bad breath, as well as promote saliva production (which is essential for keeping the mouth clean).
  • Chew sugarless gum. Chewing sugarless gum can encourage saliva flow which helps wash away bacteria and food particles in the mouth that could cause bad breath.
  • Avoid certain foods and drinks. Certain foods like garlic, onions, fish, coffee, and alcohol can contribute to bad breath. Limiting or avoiding these foods and drinks can help improve your breath.
  • Quit smoking. Cigarette smoking is a major contributor to bad breath, as well as other oral health problems like gum disease and tooth decay. Quitting smoking is a great way to reduce bad breath caused by cigarettes.
  • Visit your dentist regularly. Seeing your dentist at Montefiore Medical Center for regular checkups will ensure that any underlying dental issues are addressed in a timely manner before they become more serious and cause bad breath.

If you have been struggling with persistent bad breath despite trying all of the above methods, it might be time to see one of our specialists at Montefiore Medical Center. Call one of our 11 convenient locations to request an appointment with our providers. We have years of experience in providing patients and families with quality care. Call 888-700-6623 to take the first step towards a healthier smile!

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