What Is Halitosis?

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Have you been experiencing an ongoing issue with bad breath? Or maybe you’ve noticed your breath tends to smell a bit more when you’re battling a sickness. This chronic bad breath is called halitosis. More often than not, there is an underlying cause for halitosis. We have compiled some information for you about causes and treatments to help you feel more informed.

Foods You Consume

Certain foods can drastically affect the smell of your breath. Typical foods that have a lasting effect are onions, garlic, coffee, alcohol, and some spices. Rinsing your mouth and brushing after eating these foods can mask the odor, but it typically doesn’t subside until the food has completely digested.

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Dental Problems

Cavities, gum disease, and not cleaning your mouth thoroughly can cause halitosis. Leftover food particles begin to rot and collect bacteria, leading to bad breath. Make sure you’re brushing and flossing regularly to avoid any bacterial build up.

Dry Mouth

Saliva aids in the removal of food particles and odors in your mouth. If you have problems with producing enough saliva, you may be experiencing bad breath.

Smoking

In addition to the numerous health problems smoking can lead to, it leaves a lingering odor on your breath. Smoking also attacks your gum health, which may be linked to bad breath as well.

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Health Problems

Health issues, such as sinus infections, can be linked to bad breath. The mucus that is produced when you have a sinus infection collects bacteria and causes a foul smell.

The key to fresh smelling breath is to avoid foul-smelling foods, maintain a rigorous dental hygiene routine, and keep up with your bi-annual cleanings and exams. During your visit, we will rule out any severe issues and get your breath back on track. Schedule your cleaning with Highland Oaks Family Dentistry today!

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