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Have you ever had consistent bad breath that just didn’t seem to go away with brushing, flossing, or rinsing with mouthwash?  Could it be what you eat?  Your home care habits?  Or something more serious?  Let’s go into what causes bad breath and what you can do.

Bad breath can come in many forms: morning breath, coffee breath, periodontal disease, food stuck between your teeth, or inadequate home care.  Any of these can have an effect, but some are more serious. 

Less serious halitosis, or bad breath, can be caused by short-term issues: not brushing your teeth, not flossing food particles from your teeth, drinking coffee, or eating certain foods like onions or garlic.  You can increase the frequency of proper brushing, start flossing to remove food particles, and add an ADA approved mouthwash to your routine.  You can also try to avoid foods and drinks that may have that negative affect such as morning coffee, onions at lunch, or garlic bread at dinner. 

Other more serious issues can occur in which halitosis would be a symptom.  Periodontal disease, which is caused from a lack of regular home care and regular visits to your dentist, is the deterioration of bone that holds your teeth in place.  If left untreated, this could result in removing teeth.  In addition, some medical conditions and genetics can make this breakdown happen faster.  Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss and is usually preventable.  This disease may affect other aspects of health including Alzheimer’s, arteriosclerosis, and more. 

Some other issues may be: tonsil stones, GERD, acid reflux, other GI issues, or a plethora of other issues. 

Ultimately, if you find yourself doing the “sniff test” and discovering that you may indeed have bad breath, please see your dental professionals and don’t be afraid to discuss this with them. 

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