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Are You Bothered By Bad Breath?

General Dentistry Gilbert AZIf you have bad breath, you are not alone. Studies have shown that approximately 25% of people in the United States have bad breath, so you are in the company of 60 million people or so. Bad breath can be caused by a range of problems, some of which are temporary. Bad breath may also be a sign that you have periodontal disease or another oral health problem that requires attention.

Surprise! These Foods Cause Bad Breath

Garlic and onions are certainly the most notorious offenders when it comes to bad breath, but there are others as well.

  • Alcohol in your mouthwash, beverages, and foods dry out your mouth and remove saliva that keeps the oral cavity free of smelly bacteria
  • Sugar. Yes, unfortunately, humans are not the only sugar-loving beings on the planet. The bacteria that causes bad breath loves sugar.
  • Lemons, grapefruit, pickles and other acidic foods feed those little bacteria that increase the malodorous sulfuric compound that has us hiding our mouths insides our collars.
  • Foods high in protein, including dairy products, produce ketones and ammonia when eaten, so use these foods in moderation.

Eat More of These Foods to Improve Your Breath

If you want refreshing, or at least tolerable, breath, there are some foods that you can add to your diet.

  • Spices and herbs
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Water
  • Sugar-free gum

When Bad Breath is More Than Eating the Wrong Foods

Bad breath begins when bacteria and food particles remain on the teeth and gums. Improper hygiene and even diet can trigger a reproductive explosion of the bacteria that will eventually penetrate the gums and damage bone. People with chronic bad breath often develop gum disease and periodontal disease as a result.

Do You Have Chronic Bad Breath? Contact Dr. John A. Garza.

Find out why you have chronic bad breath and learn about periodontal treatment, root canals, extractions, dental implants and our other services. Contact Dr. John A. Garza to schedule an appointment at our office in Gilbert, Arizona. If you prefer, you can also contact our office directly at (480) 539-7979.

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