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Bad breath, which is also called halitosis, is a big downer in many 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 of the teeth and in periodontal pockets between the gums and the teeth.

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 sufficient rinsing, bad breath can be the result.

Medical Issues

Illnesses and viruses can cause bad breath, especially if they affect the sinuses, nasal passages, or the throat. Persistent bad breath can also point to liver or kidney disease.

Digestive Issues

Some digestive issues can cause the stomach’s contents to move back up into the esophagus. This causes discomfort as well as a smelly gas to come out of the mouth.

Skipping Meals

It may come as a surprise to you, but skipping meals can cause the bad breath. To avoid bad breath, eat regular meals.

Potent Foods

Some foods can cause bad breath. If you would like your breath to smell especially fresh, avoid foods and beverages like onions, garlic, orange juice, soda, 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 halitosis.

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. Morgan Family Dentistry may recommend that you visit your regular doctor. Feel free to contact Morgan Family Dentistry at 910-324-1283 to learn more about prevention and treatment for bad breath in Richlands, North Carolina, and to schedule an appointment.