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In today’s busy world where you are always talking to somebody in person, the last thing you need is to have chronic bad breath affecting your healthy interactions. And if your daily oral regimen isn’t making a difference, you may need some additional help.

Brushing, flossing, and using a microbial mouthwash to wash away unwanted dental debris is the first step to keeping your breath fresh. Eating healthy and staying well-hydrated can also make a huge difference. Chewing sugarless gum to stimulate saliva production can also be helpful, but you can’t just always be chewing. Maybe there is something else going on that needs addressing?

If you are smoking, your breath may always smell of tobacco long after you take a smoke break. Tobacco products are notorious for causing dry mouth, a real medical condition that can leave your mouth smelling unpleasant no matter what you do. It may be time to consider dropping the habit if you can’t take your breath anymore.

Tobacco isn’t the only factor in dry mouth. Medications, both over-the-counter and prescription medications can cause dry mouth as a common side effect. These can include medications treating:

–anxiety or depression
–pain
–allergies
–colds
–obesity
–epilepsy
–nausea
–asthma

Untreated medical conditions that can cause bad breath can also be a problem. You may not know you have a serious condition, such as cancer or metabolic disorders which can cause chemical imbalances in your mouth. Chronic reflux of stomach acids may also be the culprit.

See your dentist if your breath is driving you to distraction after trying traditional ways to clean your mouth. Your dentist will be able to find the culprit if it is tooth decay or gum disease or even sinus issues. Once your dentist rules out your oral health, you may need to see your doctor to rule out other medical issues.

Taking good care of yourself includes taking care of your mouth, teeth and gums. Call our office today if you have any questions or concerns about your breath! 740-423-8416.