Bad Breath and GERD

Bad breath, known by medical professionals as halitosis, may result from poor dental habits. But bad breath can be a sign of other health problems too, such as respiratory tract infections, post nasal drip, and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). For instance, overeating can lead to heartburn symptoms associated with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). Fortunately, there are some lifestyle changes you can make to reduce bad breath.

  • Apply good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth at least twice a day to remove plaque and food particles. Make sure you floss to remove food and plaque between the teeth. It’s also important to brush your tongue thoroughly because bacteria can also be harbored on your tongue.
  • See your Atlanta, GA dentist at least twice a year. Your dentist will be able to diagnosis any conditions such as periodontal gum disease or dry mouth that may be contributing to your bad breath.
  • Drink plenty of water. Water will keep your mouth moist. Alternatively, chew gum or eat hard candy (preferably both sugarless) which will stimulate your production of saliva. Saliva helps to cleanse and moisten the mouth to neutralize acids and wash away dead cells that may have accumulated in your mouth.
  • Change dietary intake. Some foods may be more likely to give you bad breath than others. Similarly, overfilling your stomach may cause acid to reflux, which may lead to Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) and bad breath.
  • Stop smoking. Smoking or ingesting tobacco can lead to bad breath.

In many cases, bad breath is a result of a dental condition. However, if your dentist determines that the root cause of your halitosis is not dental-related, he may refer you to another Atlanta, GA specialist to determine the bad breath case and implement treatment.

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