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Bad breath can be really embarrassing and can have a huge impact on your self confidence. Sometimes, you could have bad breath because of the foods you eat, but if you have consistent bad breath, also known as halitosis, there are a few things you should know.

You probably already know that the foods you eat could impact your breath. For instance, garlic and onions can have an immediate impact on your breath. However, did you know that if you don’t brush after you eat, the food particles on your teeth can affect your breath. If you don’t brush, harmful bacteria will also be able to grow more quickly. To prevent this issue, we recommend brushing your teeth after you eat, but you should remember to wait about half an hour before you brush. Otherwise, you could damage your pearly whites and your gums. When you brush, please pay attention to where your gum meets your teeth. Rinsing your mouth with antibacterial mouthwash can also be useful.

Bad breath can also be caused by a number of other factors. For example, poor fitting dentures, yeast infections, or untreated cavities can also lead to halitosis. Certain medical conditions, such as dry mouth, can also cause bad breath. Halitosis may also be caused by smoking.

If you’re interested in learning more about preventing bad breath, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 818-641-5577. We’ll be happy to examine your teeth and offer you specific advice. Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz and our team are excited to hear from you soon!