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Halitosis – Bad Breath Treatment

Everyone occasionally experiences halitosis (bad breath). For example, morning breath is a common condition caused by the reduced saliva flow at night (saliva helps wash away food and bacteria in the mouth, keeping the breath fresh). In most cases this is considered normal. However, persistent bad breath can signal dental or other health problems and needs to be addressed.

Causes of halitosis:

  • Inadequate dental hygiene
  • Periodontal (gum) disease
  • Dry mouth (xerostomia), which can be caused by certain illnesses or medications
  • Infections of the respiratory tract, such as throat, lung, and sinus infections
  • Systemic illnesses like diabetes, liver disease, lung disease, kidney disease, and acid reflux
  • Cigarette smoking and chewing tobacco
  • Certain foods and beverages, like onions, garlic, and coffee

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Chronic halitosis can also be a warning sign of periodontal (gum) disease. Plaque, an invisible film of bacteria, regularly forms in the mouth. As plaque builds up, it can create toxins that irritate the gums, leading to an infection that can lead to tooth loss if left unchecked. Regular dental checkups can help ensure that periodontal disease is detected and treated early.

At Maria Cardenas DMD, we are experts in identifying and treating the many different causes of halitosis. We will ask you about your personal habits, diet, and medical history, as well as the history of your symptoms. After a thorough physical examination in order to assess the source of the problem, your dentist will provide you with a treatment plan so you can be confident that your breath is fresh and pleasant to others.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about halitosis or to schedule an oral health consultation.

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