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There are many smells we can associate with Valentine’s Day, from chocolate to roses. However, rotting food and sulphur are two smells your loved one definitely does not want to smell on your breath when you give them a good night’s kiss. In order to fight bad breath (also known as halitosis), you must learn what causes of it and the best treatment options.

Gum Disease And Tobacco And Dieting. Oh My!

You may experience bad breath when you occasionally eat an onion, but chronic bad breath can result from some of these causes:

  • The inflammatory infection of gum disease (also known as periodontal disease)
  • Dry mouth
  • A poor oral hygiene routine
  • Eating an unhealthy diet high in sugars and acids
  • Tobacco use
  • A medical condition like diabetes, respiratory tract infection, or gastrointestinal disturbances
  • Tooth decay
  • An abscess
  • Dieting

If you can avoid some of these problems, then you are a step closer to having fresh breath.

Arm Yourself With Mouthwash And Herbs

Avoiding the causes for bad breath is key in fighting halitosis. However, you may need additional aid which you can gain with some of the following:

  • Rinsing with a mouthwash
  • Regularly visiting the dentist to make sure you haven’t developed an oral health problem
  • Chewing on herbs like fennel, parsley, and mint leaves
  • Regularly cleaning dental appliances like mouth guards, dentures, retainers, and night guards
  • Chewing on sugar-free gum or sucking on a sugar-free mint
  • Eating raw vegetables like carrots, broccoli, and celery to help clean your mouth
  • Drinking more water to combat a dry mouth problem

When you actively take the steps to fight halitosis, then you are bound to have fresher breath this Valentine’s Day. Call Dr. John McMurray to learn more about how you can cure bad breath.