Good Friend, Bad Breath: How to Fix Halitosis


More than likely you’ve had the experience of talking with a friend and noticing that they have bad breath. It happens to everyone at one point or another. Rather than tell them about it, you move a little further away. It’s a small thing, but to discuss it is often embarrassing for both people.

But what if the tables are turned, and you’re the person with bad breath? It’s a situation no one wants to be in so here are some tips to ensure you’re not the topic of embarrassing gossip.

Bad breath, known in its chronic form as halitosis, can be caused by many things, but it’s mostly avoidable with good dental and oral care. The Costa Rica dental team at Goodness Dental is pleased to offer the causes of halitosis and how to avoid it.

  1. Regular brushing and flossing are the best ways to avoid bad breath, since bad breath is mostly caused by the bacteria that forms a thin film of plaque on your teeth.
  2. Regular professional teeth cleanings are another essential step to prevent bad breath. Folks with braces and dentures are also more at risk for bad breath since it can be harder to remove trapped food and bacteria in their mouths. Other causes of bad breath can include tooth decay, cavities or gum disease. If you suffer from bad breath, regular visits to your dentist can help you to identify more serious causes such as acid reflux, digestive problems or a sinus infection.
  3. What you eat and drink are also important factors to consider, especially if you don’t brush and floss your teeth regularly. Some of the most common culprits are tobacco, alcohol, coffee and so-called “keto diets” designed to reduce body weight by being high in protein.

More than likely proper mouth care will take away your risk of having bad breath. The team at Goodness Dental can recommend toothpaste and mouthwash products to help you eliminate bad breath for good.