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If you are suffering from embarrassing breath problems, you are not alone. Thousands of people struggle with embarrassing breath that leads to low self-esteem. That is why our team here at Renaissance Dental in Owasso, Oklahoma, is happy to provide you with information on the causes of persistent bad breath and ways to fight it.

Halitosis, also known as persistent bad breath, has many causes. Some of these causes include:

-Food: We all know of some foods we eat that can cause bad breath like garlic, onions, and other foods and drinks can linger in your mouth leaving you with a foul odor.
-Bacteria: There are thousands of different kinds of bacteria that can live in your teeth and gums. Bacteria on the food left in your mouth can also leave horrible-smelling particles in your teeth.
-Tobacco: Smoking not only stains your teeth but gives you bad breath and a higher risk for a series of health problems. Tobacco irritates your gums and the residue can stick to your gums and teeth leaving bad bacteria.
-Gum disease: Gum disease can be scary and cause devastating effects. However, bad breath can be a warning sign of advanced gum disease from the bacteria and plaque residing in your smile.
-Dry mouth: Saliva is very important to the body. In fact, saliva helps wash out bacteria and food particles from your mouth. However, when your mouth is too dry it cannot clear enough bacteria away.

The good news is, there are a few at-home remedies you can do to help fight off halitosis. These include:

-Stay hydrated: Remember, water is your friend, and can help keep your saliva flowing.
-Mouthwash: Mouthwash can also play an important factor in cleaning bacteria from your gums and your tongue, along with water.
-Oral habits: Brushing at least twice a day, for two minutes a day and flossing daily. This will clear away some of the sticky bacteria, plaque, and particles that cause halitosis.
-Cut tobacco: Another important element with fighting halitosis is to quit smoking. This is a dangerous habit to your health and the people around you.
-Visit your dentist: The most important thing you can do to overcome Halitosis is to visit your dentist. He can help you find the exact cause of your halitosis and lead your smile back to positive oral health in the best possible way.

If you would like to come in and talk to our dentist, Dr. Renaissance Dental about your oral health, please call us today and make an appointment. Our friendly staff is always happy to help you feel good about your oral health and address any questions you may have pertaining to your oral care. So, this Thanksgiving, give yourself a smile you can truly be thankful for by visiting our office today!