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Bad breath can be really embarrassing and can have a huge impact on your self-confidence. Sometimes, you could have bad breath because of the foods you eat, but if you have consistent bad breath, also known as halitosis, there are a few things you should know.

Halitosis is often caused by germs from food particles that are left in your mouth. Sadly, this issue will only get worse if it isn’t addressed. Halitosis can also help bad bacteria grow more quickly than you can remove it. To prevent halitosis, we recommend brushing your teeth after you eat, but you should remember to wait about half an hour before you brush. Otherwise, you could damage your pearly whites and your gums. When you brush, please pay attention to where your gum meets your teeth. Rinsing your mouth with antibacterial mouthwash can also be useful.

Bad breath can also be caused by a number of other factors. For example, poorly fitting dentures, yeast infections, or untreated cavities can also lead to halitosis. Certain medical conditions, such as dry mouth, can also cause bad breath. Halitosis may also be caused by smoking.

Please feel free to give Midtown Dental in Raleigh, North Carolina, a call at 919-847-8074 if you’re interested in learning more about preventing or addressing bad breath. Our dentist, Dr. Seth Rumley, and our team will be glad to examine your pearly whites and help you identify the problem that could be causing your bad breath. We look forward to meeting with you.