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Bad breath can be extremely annoying and inconvenient, especially during social situations. This can leave you feeling self-conscious and uncomfortable. So, to help you improve your life, our Powell Boulevard Dental team encourages you to identify the cause of your bad breath, which could be one or more of the following things:

Infected gums: If your gums are infected by gum disease, the most common symptom is chronic bad breath. So, make sure to thoroughly brush your teeth often with a soft-bristled toothbrush and floss your smile regularly. It’s also best to visit your dentist, Dr. Denise M. Walthour, for a professional dental cleaning.

Dirty teeth: It’s extremely common for your teeth to collect odorous debris, which can cause bad breath. So, make sure to clean your teeth at least twice a day and wash away those stinky substances.

A foul tongue: Your tongue can also harbor smelly bacteria, so it’s important to brush your tongue after you’ve brushed your teeth. To further improve your breath, you can rinse your mouth with mouthwash.

Skipping meals: Skipping meals can promote bad breath because the saliva produced while eating oftentimes washes away bacteria that cause bad breath.

Smoking: Smoking can cause smoke-smelling breath, obviously, but it can also promote cavities by killing the decay-fighting antibodies in saliva. Please avoid this habit altogether.

If you use the tips and recommendations our dental team recommends, then you’ll be on your way to a fresh and pristine breath! To learn more about the causes of bad breath in Portland, Oregon, please call our office today at 503-235-7181 and talk to a member of our team. We are happy to help you in any way we can!