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Factors That Affect Bad Breath

Patients suffering from halitosis in Sterling, Leesburg, & Aldie, VA are encouraged to contact Dr. Jean-Claude Kharmouche for treatment as soon as possible. Chronic bad breath can often be a sign of a larger issue such as gum disease.

However, there are several other factors to also consider:

  • The Foods You Eat
  • Your Oral Health Regimen
  • Gum Disease
  • Other Causes

How To Prevent Bad Breath

  • Practice good oral hygiene by brushing teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing regularly
  • Have teeth professionally cleaned according to your treatment plan
  • Stop smoking or chewing tobacco-based products
  • Stimulate saliva flow in the mouth by drinking lots of water, chewing gum, or sucking on sugar-free candy

Bad Breath Causes


The Foods You Eat

Certain foods with strong odors can have an unpleasant effect on the scent of your breath if they are consumed regularly. This includes items that contain fish, cheese, garlic, onions, and spicy foods. No matter how long or hard you brush, the scent will not go away until the food has been completely digested. If you regularly consume such food items, try to limit your intake and see if your bad breath improves.


Your Oral Health Regimen

In some cases, brushing and flossing more regularly may be the only thing you need to get rid of bad breath. We recommend brushing and flossing at least twice a day, and you will often see an improvement. If bad breath still persists, use a tongue scraper or antibacterial mouth rinse. Finally, if you are maintaining proper home care and you still have bad breath, visit us for further evaluation.


Gum Disease

Chronic bad breath is one of the earliest and most persistent symptoms of gum disease. When large amounts of plaque and bacteria begin to collect, toxins are released that can give you bad breath. In these cases, you will need to see Dr. Kharmouche for gum disease treatment.


Other Causes

Bad breath can also be caused by several other conditions such as yeast infections in the mouth, cavities, sinus infections, and acid reflux, among others. To receive a diagnosis on the cause of your halitosis in Sterling, Leesburg, & Aldie, VA, contact the NOVA Perio Specialists and schedule your consultation today!

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