You already know that certain foods—especially foods containing onions or garlic—cause bad breath. What you might not know is the extent to which bacteria contributes to this common issue.

For many patients with bad breath, especially those with chronic bad breath (also known as halitosis), a buildup of bacteria in the mouth is the root cause. What’s more, bad breath can even be a sign of gum disease. This common oral health condition affects a majority of the population on some level and is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults.

Other gum disease symptoms include:

  • Sensitive, swollen, or red gums
  • Gums pulling away from teeth
  • Changes in your bite
  • Teeth that are loose

Have you noticed any of these in your own life? If so, don’t hesitate to call Dr. James Polley in Las Vegas. Our office can provide effective periodontal therapy for patients in all surrounding areas.

Dr. Polley and our Las Vegas team can also recommend some great home care tips that can help. First, develop a thorough brushing and flossing routine that you follow every day. We recommend brushing at least twice a day, flossing at least once, and rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash. You can also use a tongue scraper to help you remove bacteria from the top of your tongue, around your taste buds.

Other tips for treating bad breath include:

  • Changing your toothbrush every three months
  • Rinsing your mouth with water throughout the day
  • Avoiding foods are beverages that will make your condition worse

Call Dr. Polley’s Las Vegas dental office if you have any other questions or would like to set up an appointment. We’re located in Summerlin and serve patients from Las Vegas and beyond!