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Bad Breath

September 2016

Unfortunately bad breath is a part of life and has gotten the best of us all from time to time. What causes it, and how do you treat it?

Bad breath, or halitosis, is caused by a number of factors. The first is not brushing and flossing every day. Brushing and flossing remove food particles caught between teeth, on the tongue and around gums. Food left in these areas rots causing bad breath.

Of course, what you eat contributes to bad breath as well. Onions and garlic, like other foods, are absorbed into the bloodstream and make their way to the lungs, where they leave the body.

Not only is it bad for your lungs, but smoking also leads to bad breath and dry mouth, which is a decrease in saliva production due to some medications, problems with the salivary glands or constantly breathing through the mouth. Since saliva removes food particles and cleanses the mouth, a decrease in saliva can lead to bad breath.

So how do you minimize bad breath? Brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. Brushing and flossing removes food particles, plaque and keeps your mouth healthy, thereby reducing bad breath.

If you don't have a regular dentist or have been putting off a dental checkup; the State of Texas Dental Discount Plan can save big on the care you need and help you find dental care that is convenient. Visit or call toll-free (844) 377-3368 to find a provider near you!