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Are you suffering from bad breath? If so, you are not alone. Thousands of people suffer from embarrassing breath that can put a damper on anyone’s day, including anyone’s self-esteem. That is why our office here at Healthy Smiles Dental Care® of Chelsea in Chelsea, Michigan, is happy to talk to you about halitosis. Knowing the causes of your bad breath and how to being reversing it is the first step to a healthier smile.

Halitosis, also known as persistent bad breath, has many causes. Some of these causes include:

-Tobacco: Smoking not only stains your teeth but gives you bad breath and a higher risk for a series of health problems. Tobacco irritates your gums and the residue can stick to your gums and teeth leaving bad bacteria.
-Gum disease: Gum disease can be scary and cause devastating effects. However, bad breath can be a warning sign of advanced gum disease from the bacteria and plaque residing in your smile.
-Dry mouth: Saliva is very important to the body. In fact, saliva helps wash out bacteria and food particles from your mouth. However, when your mouth is too dry it cannot clear enough bacteria away.
-Food: We all know of some foods we eat that can cause bad breath like garlic, onions, and other foods and drinks can linger in your mouth leaving you with a foul odor.
-Bacteria: There are thousands of different kinds of bacteria that can live in your teeth and gums. Bacteria on the food left in your mouth can also leave horrible-smelling particles in your teeth.

The good news is, there are a few at-home remedies you can do to help fight off halitosis. These include:

-Oral habits: Brushing at least twice a day, for two minutes a day and flossing daily. This will clear away some of the sticky bacteria, plaque, and particles that cause halitosis.
-Mouthwash: Mouthwash can also play an important factor in cleaning bacteria from your gums and your tongue, along with water.
-Stay hydrated: Remember, water is your friend, and can help keep your saliva flowing.
-Cut tobacco: Another important element with fighting halitosis is to quit smoking. This is a dangerous habit to your health and the people around you.
-Visit your dentist: The most important thing you can do to overcome Halitosis is to visit your dentist. He can help you find the exact cause of your halitosis and lead your smile back to positive oral health in the best possible way.

Our staff here at Healthy Smiles Dental Care® of Chelsea is always happy to help you with your path to positive oral health. We are happy to answer any questions you may have. If you feel it’s time for a dental checkup, or feel it’s time to fight back the bacteria that has been giving you bad breath, please call us today at 734-475-8911 and set up an appointment. We are always happy to take your call.