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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.

Halitosis is often caused by germs from food particles that are left in your mouth. Sadly, this issue will only get worse if it isn’t addressed. Halitosis can also help bad bacteria grow more quickly than you can remove it. However, while it’s extremely important for you to brush your teeth after you eat, you should also remember to wait for at least half an hour. You see, acids can soften your enamel after you eat. If you brush while your teeth are weakened, you could actually damage your enamel. Fortunately, after thirty minutes, your enamel will harden again.

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 Shoals Smile by Design at 256-314-0676. We’ll be happy to examine your teeth and offer you specific advice. Dr. Jamine Rogers and our team are excited to hear from you soon!