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Halitosis is a technical term for bad breath. It is fairly common and is often caused by the accumulation of bacteria in the mouth due to gum disease, food, or plaque. Unfortunately, halitosis is often recognized by others before the person who has it recognizes it themselves.

Causes

Experts say that at least half of us experience halitosis at some point in our lives. Bad breath is often caused by poor dental hygiene. However, in some cases, bad breath can be an issue in people who have a medical infection, kidney failure, or a liver malfunction. Dry mouth and tobacco also contribute to this problem which is why people who smoke may be more susceptible to halitosis than those who do not. A person’s stress level, diet, snoring habits, or age may even have an effect on their breath.

Certain types of food can also cause halitosis. Spicy foods such as onions and garlic or coffee may leave a lingering scent on a person’s breath that can last as long as 72 hours after digestion.

How To Control Halitosis

To avoid bad breath, it is extremely important to practice good hygiene. Proper brushing which includes not only brushing your teeth but brushing your tongue, inside of your cheeks, and roof of your mouth. Flossing removes accumulated bacteria and plaque that build up in hard to reach areas. Chewing sugar-free gum may help the odor as well.

A regular visit to your dentist is a must. Your dentist will be able to detect any physical problems and will be able to better determine the source of your halitosis.

If you are looking for dental care professionals you can count on, call Lakeway Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry to set up an appointment today.