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Many people suffer from dragon breath from time to time. Bad breath can be awkward and unpleasant. Did you know that there are certain things that can cause bad breath and that there are ways to keep bad breath at bay?

Causes of bad breath include:

– Dry mouth
– Gum disease
– Some foods
– Smoking or using tobacco products
– Bacteria and plaque in the mouth
– Issues with the body, like sinus infection, liver disease, or diabetes

There are a variety of methods to reach a mouth that feels fresh and clean.

Brush and floss more often.
The buildup on your teeth, which is called plaque, creates the bacteria that causes bad breath. Be sure to brush your teeth twice a day and floss every day. If you want fresher breath, do both more often.

Brush or scrape your tongue.
Clean your tongue with a toothbrush or tongue scraper. Most bad breath bacteria gathers on the tongue.

Rinse out your mouth.
Mouthwash freshens the breath and adds protection by getting rid of bacteria. Make sure that you choose a mouthwash that kills the germs that cause bad breath. Swishing your mouth with water after meals can also help prevent bad breath, as it rids the mouth of food particles that stick to and in the teeth.

Quit smoking.
Quit smoking. This will improve your breath and your overall health.

Avoid foods and beverages that cause bad breath.
The following foods and beverages cause bad breath:

– Orange juice
– Soda
– Alcohol
– Onions
– Garlic
– Cheese
– Pastrami
– Certain spices

Visit our office.
Visit Riverside Dental regularly so our dentist can help you maintain and improve your oral health. Dr. Michael Spencer can diagnose and provide treatment for issues that may be causing bad breath.

We invite you to contact us at 904.355.5531 today to learn more about treatment for bad breath in Jacksonville, Florida, and to schedule a visit.