Bad breath (halitosis) can occur when bacteria grows in the mouth. Breath mints and mouthwashes do not cure bad breath, they only mask the symptoms. Proper oral hygiene can cure many cases of bad breath. However, in some cases, bad breath is caused by more serious health issues. Sinus and tonsil infections, acid reflux, ulcers, diabetes, hypoglycemia, kidney malfunction, and eating disorders are just some of the dilemmas that can cause bad breath.
If you have bad breath, the first thing to do is make sure you are cleaning your teeth, gums, and tongue thoroughly. This does not mean you should brush as long and forcefully as possible. Brushing too vigorously is detrimental to gums and contributes to gum recession.
At Beveridge Dental in San Jose we help patients of all ages learn safe and effective brushing, flossing, and tongue cleaning methods. People from Los Gatos, Saratoga, and Willow Glen come to our practice for complete family and cosmetic dentistry. Call for an appointment today!
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