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If you wish to keep your smile safe this holiday season from the dramatic effects of halitosis, it is important to use mouthwash after eating. However, mouthwash often temporarily only masks bad breath and isn’t always fully effective for treating it. This is because there are numerous causes of halitosis, some of which don’t even arise in your mouth.

Not all bad breath symptoms are linked to underlying conditions. Always try to use mouthwash or a similar cleaning utensil to wash away food debris and harmful acids in your mouth. However, if bad breath returns, it could be the sign of an underlying ailment. Always make sure you’re doing everything you can to keep your smile clean, including removing any plaque buildup you may see and practicing effective oral hygiene techniques for brushing and flossing daily.

Numerous risk factors can increase the chances that bad breath will develop. If you are involved in unhealthy habits such as smoking or chewing tobacco, or if you’re taking any medications that cause dry mouth, you will be at an increased risk for halitosis. In addition, halitosis can be caused by irregularities deep within your body, such as respiratory tract infections, kidney malfunctions, and liver issues.

If you are in need of a halitosis treatment from our team at Family Dentistry and Orthodontics at our dentist office in Suwanee, Georgia, please contact us at 770-232-2783 to schedule an appointment with one of our dedicated dentists, Dr. Ami Desai or Dr. Wayne Trowell.