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.
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.
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 Leesburg & Sterling, VA
, contact the NOVA Perio Specialists and schedule your consultation