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Bad breath, which is also referred to as halitosis, is a big downer in social situations. Sometimes having bad breath just indicates that you need to brush your teeth or use a mint, but that is not always enough. Read on for some of the most common causes of bad breath:

Dental Problems

Bad breath is often caused by gum disease or tooth decay. Bacteria that can cause bad breath can hide in cavities and in periodontal pockets.

Dry Mouth

Dry mouth occurs when the mouth does not produce enough saliva. Saliva is important because it rinses and helps clean the mouth. If there is not enough saliva for this to happen properly, bad breath can be the result.

Medical Issues

Viruses and illnesses can cause bad breath. Persistent bad breath can also indicate liver or kidney disease.

Coffee & Cigarettes

Drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes are both known causes of halitosis. Both coffee and cigarettes can introduce unpleasant odors to the mouth. In addition, cigarettes can cause the growth of foul-smelling bacteria in the mouth.

Potent Foods

Some foods can cause bad breath. If you would like your breath to smell especially fresh, avoid foods like onions, garlic, and alcohol.

Poor Dental Hygiene

Brush your teeth twice each day for at least two minutes each time. If you do not, halitosis can be the result. Brush your tongue as well for extra protection from bad breath.

Schedule a visit to our dental office today so that our dentist can help you determine the cause of your bad breath and help fight it. If needed, Dr. Justin J Deutsch may recommend that you visit your regular doctor. We encourage you to contact Dental Arts Of Blue Bell at 215-883-4865 to learn more about prevention and treatment for bad breath in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania.