Halitosis (Bad Breath)

While most people wake up in the morning with what we all affectionately call “morning breath,” persistent bad breath may be a sign of a more serious condition. Halitosis, the scientific term for bad breath, is usually caused by bacteria that thrive inside the warm, moist environment of the mouth. Good dental hygiene, such as regular, thorough brushing, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash will, in most cases solve the problem. There are other causes for chronic bad breath such as periodontal (gum) disease that should be treated before it leads to more serious health issues. Foods such as garlic and coffee as well as tobacco products also can effect mouth odors. Those will generally go away when the ingestion has stopped. Ongoing bad breath can, in some cases, be symptomatic of infections, disease, sinus and digestive issues. If you have a concern about halitosis, ask your Cahill Dental Care doctor or hygienist.

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