Halitosis or “bad breath,” is caused by the bacteria that lives in the mouth.  Food particles that get caught between the teeth lead to the production of more bacteria making poor oral hygiene a major cause of halitosis.  Brushing and flossing our teeth every day is the way we get rid of the plaque buildup and reduce the rate of bacterial growth.  One tip – bacteria thrives on the back of the tongue, so be sure to brush thoroughly.

Mouthwash is an excellent freshener.  Look for one that tastes good but at the same time is strong enough to kill the bacteria that causes the foul odor of bad breath.  It could be awkward to use a mouthwash after every meal  of the day, especially when eating out.  In that case, rinsing with plain water will do.

There are specific foods that are infamous for causing bad breath.  We all know that garlic and onions are no-nos if you don’t want to offend, but dairy products like milk and cheese can also be the culprit.   Your dental hygienist can give you a list of foods to avoid when you’re planning to attend a social gathering.

Smoking is wrong on so many levels.  Bad breath, stained teeth and gum disease are relatively minor yet still unpleasant consequences of tobacco use. Kicking the habit can be difficult but there are programs and medications that can help.

You may think that an after dinner mint or a piece of hard candy will freshen your breath but the reality is that the bacteria in your mouth will feed on the sugar to produce harmful acids.  Sugarless chewing gum is a much wiser choice.

Bad breath is sometimes a symptom of “dry mouth,” which is a condition that arises from a lack of natural saliva.  Drinking water throughout the day is a good remedy for dry mouth.  Alcohol and caffeine both encourage dryness.

Spokane Valley Dentistry offers both traditional and cosmetic services to give patients a bright and fresh smile.  Call the office today @ 509-926-6261