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Nobody wants to suffer from “dragon mouth,” but most people have bad breath from time to time. Bad breath, which is also known as halitosis, has many causes, ranging from poor oral hygiene to gum disease to eating odorous foods. Dr. Afshar, Dr. Afshar, Dr. Lachappell, and our team are happy to provide a few tips for combatting and preventing bad breath.

Stay Hydrated
Dry mouth occurs when there is not enough saliva in the mouth. As saliva helps clean your mouth by washing away food particles, it is necessary in preventing dry mouth. Be sure to drink lots of water throughout the day to help with saliva flow.

Exercise Proper Dental Hygiene
Our dentists in Roseville, California, recommends that you brush your teeth at least twice a day and that you floss at least once daily. Properly cleaning your mouth can remove food and bacteria that can cause odors.

Clean Your Tongue
Bacteria that can cause bad breath can form on the tongue. Dead cells and food particles can also gather there. Use a tongue cleaner or your toothbrush to clean your tongue daily.

Be Wary of What You Eat & Drink
Foods that can cause bad breath include strong cheeses, garlic, and onions. Eat these foods in moderation to help prevent bad breath. Some beverages, like coffee and alcoholic drinks, can also cause halitosis. Try to avoid these as well.

Visit Our Dentists
Visiting Star Dental often for regular cleanings and recommended treatments is a great way to fight bad breath because these visits allow our dentists to diagnose any dental issues that may be contributing to bad breath, like tooth decay and gum disease. If you discuss halitosis with us, we can also determine if the cause is from something medical that you would need to see your regular doctor about.

For more information and to schedule your next visit, we invite you to contact our office at 916.773.6222 today.