How Can I Avoid Bad Breath?

Posted on: January 16, 2019

Looking for ways to avoid bad breath, also known as halitosis? Having occasional, not so pleasant breath tends to be normal for most people. But when someone is diagnosed with having bad breath it means that there is something wrong going on with their oral health. According to the American Dental Association, studies show that 50 percent of adults have had bad breath at some point in their lives. Finding out how you can avoid having bad breath in the first place means that you are taking preventative measures in order to ensure you are always in good oral health.

What causes bad breath?

There are many reasons why someone would be diagnosed with bad breath. But, the most common reason is due to too much bacteria living in the mouth. Bacteria loves to find and feed on any hidden food particles in the mouth. If bacteria is not removed in a timely manner, then it will begin to grow. This eventually causes unpleasant smells in the mouth. The following is a list of three additional common causes of bad breath.

Dry mouth

When someone’s mouth is dry it means they do not have enough saliva to fully clean out their mouth. This can easily lead to a bad breath diagnosis

Certain foods

Eating certain foods can cause someone to have bad breath. This is a fairly simple fix as all one needs to do is avoid eating these bad breath causing foods or clean their mouth immediately after eating these foods, e.g. garlic and onions

Medical conditions

It is possible that a medical condition can be responsible for someone’s bad breath, such as diabetes, kidney disease and gastric reflux

How to avoid bad breath

The ideal way for anyone to avoid having bad breath is to take proper care of their mouth, which includes brushing and flossing at least twice a day. The following is a list of ways anyone can use to avoid having bad breath.

  • Use a mouthwash specifically made for treating halitosis
  • Chew on sugarless gum or suck on sugarless candies
  • Eat an apple or plain, unsweetened yogurt
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Drink green tea or peppermint tea


In order for you to avoid bad breath, you must provide yourself with good oral care. If you think any of the other above causes for having not so pleasant breath may also be contributing to your problem, then hopefully you will be able to address these causes so you can eliminate your bad breath once and for all. If none of the above information seems like it will be beneficial for you, then we invite you to contact us as soon as possible so our dental professional can figure out the reason for your bad breath. Only when you understand the cause of your bad breath are you able to find a solution.

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