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If you have persistent bad breath, you are not alone. Bad breath, or halitosis, has many causes and today we would like to review just a few of them to offer you relief for this oral condition.

— Dry Mouth: Alcohol acts as a diuretic, and this means it can dry out the mouth. When your oral cavity doesn’t have enough saliva to flush out oral bacteria properly, your breath may end up paying the price. Dry mouth can also be caused by excessive use of caffeinated beverages, spicy foods, and cigarette smoking. To maintain proper saliva levels, limit these behaviors, and stay hydrated to maintain cleaner, fresher, breath.

— Diet: The diet you maintain also impacts your breath, and it’s not just spicy foods that can impact the breath. Eating a low carb diet essentially removes carbohydrates from your diet, and increases your protein intake so that the body turns to burning fat for energy. Low carb diets promote the expulsion of ketones through the breath. If you are currently following a low carb diet, it can help to chew sugar-free gum to stimulate the production of saliva flow as it freshens your breath.

— Illness: Oral illnesses are notorious for causing bad breath. When you have a cold, sinusitis, or bronchitis, odor-causing bacteria feeds off of the mucus produced and grows. These types of oral illnesses also create stuffy noses, which means you end up breathing out of the mouth which also causes dry mouth. Drinking plenty of fluids can help fight this effect.

If you find yourself with persistent bad breath after trying the remedies above, we encourage you to come in for a checkup with our dentist. There may be other underlying causes we can determine, such as gum disease or tooth decay. You can call our team in Shadyside, Ohio. Dr. Robert Doyle and our Complete Dental Care team are here for your oral health. Just call 866-414-3630 today!