- Periodontal or gum disease that causes teeth to become loose, thereby creating pockets in the gums that harbour bacteria and lead to bad breath.
- Chronic lung or sinus infections.
- Breathing through your mouth because of enlarged tonsils or adenoids.
- Mouth infections such as thrush (candidiasis).
- Systemic diseases such as diabetes, liver disease, or kidney disorders.
- Not brushing or flossing regularly.
- Taking certain medications can also cause bad breath, especially those that reduce the flow of saliva and dry out the mouth (e.g., some antidepressants, antipsychotics, antihistamines, decongestants, and medications to reduce high blood pressure).
- Brush the teeth after meals.
- Brush the tongue.
- Replace your toothbrush every two to three months.
- Use dental floss regularly.
- Dentures should be removed at night and cleaned thoroughly before being placed in your mouth.
- See your dentist at least twice a year.
- Stop smoking/chewing tobacco-based products
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