7 Ways to Combat Bad Breath | Obinna Nwankwo DMD


Halitosis, commonly known as bad breath, often stems from certain foods like garlic, onion, and cabbage, leaving an unpleasant odor and taste for hours after consumption. While avoiding these foods can solve temporary bad breath, chronic halitosis is a persistent issue that diet changes alone can’t fix.

Chronic bad breath is typically caused by bacteria in the mouth, especially on the back of the tongue, thriving in dry conditions. To combat this, there are several strategies you can employ:

  1. Practice good oral hygiene: Brush your teeth after meals, at least twice daily, and use dental floss or interdental cleaners to remove food particles between teeth.
  2. Brush your tongue: Bacteria can linger on the tongue even after brushing. Use a tongue scraper or toothbrush to clean it thoroughly, reaching as far back as possible without gagging.
  3. Stay hydrated: Dry mouths are breeding grounds for bacteria. Drinking plenty of water helps prevent bacteria growth and reduces bad breath.
  4. Avoid triggers: Foods like onions, garlic, cabbage, coffee, and tobacco products are known to cause bad breath. Limiting their intake can help.
  5. Chew sugarless gum: Chewing gum stimulates saliva production, keeping your mouth moist and reducing bacteria growth.
  6. Improve your diet: Include crunchy fruits and vegetables, yogurt, and foods rich in vitamins C and D to prevent bacteria growth, maintain oral cleanliness, and increase saliva flow.
  7. See your dentist: Regular dental check-ups are crucial. If bad breath persists despite efforts, it could indicate underlying dental issues like decayed teeth or gum disease, which need professional treatment.

Dr. Obinna Nwankwo DMD at Ultra Smiles is here to help you address halitosis and maintain optimal oral health. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact our office. Your smile’s freshness is our priority!

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Phone: 972-402-8587
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Irving, TX 75063
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