Give Bad Breath That One-Two Knockout Punch


Wearing masks to protect you and others from COVID 19 has also brought out more awareness of bad breath. Under that cloth or surgical mask, there is just no where for your breath to go making you more aware of bad breath issues.

First steps to the one-two knockout punch to get rid of bad breath is to determine what is causing it. There are several factors that can contribute to bad breath and they include:

  • Chronic acid reflux
  • Chronic dry mouth
  • Kidney failure
  • Tooth decay or gum disease, which results from plaque build-up
  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • Tobacco use
  • Untreated tonsilitis
  • Allergy-related postnasal drip or respiratory infections like sinusitis or bronchitis

Determining the primary reason for bad breath will assist you in addressing the problem. Also having a good thorough oral care routine that includes brushing your teeth twice a day and daily flossing that will remove food particles and bacteria is essential. Daily use of mouthwash will also improve bad breath, but it is only a short-term solution. A discussion should be included with your dentist during your next routine checkup. Your dentist may suggest an antimicrobial rinse that will help control the bacteria.

Contact the dental professionals at The Family Dental Center to discuss oral health issues and concerns. The Family Dental Center is located at 2781 Oakdale Blvd, Suite 3, Coralville, IA 52241. For additional information call 319-351-3414 or email

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