Why do I have bad breath?
Problem: You clean your teeth religiously but your bad breath won’t go away. Sure, you can pop a mint in your mouth for a convenient short-term fix, but unless you get to the root of the issue, your bad case of bad breath ain’t going nowhere…
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Bad breath can be caused by too much plaque and bacteria in the mouth but it can also be affected by diet and even by acid reflux. Broken teeth can trap food, which in turn can produce an unpleasant odour. Bad breath can be embarrassing but it is important to let your dentist know of your concerns as it could be a sign of serious gum disease or even an underlying medical problem.
“There are many options to cure bad breath and it could be as simple has having a professional clean of your teeth and gums,” says Dr Wan. “Sometimes old broken down or rough fillings need to be replaced to help eliminate areas where bacteria and plaque can accumulate.”
At-home prevention starts with good oral hygiene, brushing and flossing twice daily. New products like air and water flossers can reduce the time it takes to clean between your teeth.
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