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What Is Halitosis?

Posted on 4/10/2023 by Dr. Cheryl Freeman
What Is Halitosis?Halitosis is an oral condition, and the main symptom is stinky breath. Everyone experiences bad breath at some point in their lives. This may result from the consumption of garlic, onions, and spices. Sometimes bad breath comes and resolves on its own. However, if it doesn't go away, it could mean a serious oral health issue. In other words, halitosis can be a symptom of many oral conditions. The best way to treat halitosis is to find its root cause. Here are 3 causes of halitosis.

Dry Mouth

A dry mouth is an oral condition that can increase the risk of plaque buildup, gum disease, and tooth decay. This condition indicates that you don't have enough saliva in the mouth. Saliva helps to wash away harmful bacteria and food particles. When you have a dry mouth, odor-causing bacteria will remain in the mouth, resulting in bad breath. A dry mouth may occur due to smoking or certain medication. In this case, it is vital to talk to a dentist regarding your lifestyle habits to treat the root cause of bad breath.

Gum Disease

Halitosis is a symptom of gum disease. Gum disease results from plaque buildup on the teeth. If you ignore proper brushing practices, the bacteria in the mouth will result in toxins. This leads to gum irritation, and pockets may form between the gums and the teeth. If left untreated, food particles will get trapped in the pockets, causing bad breath.

Poor Oral Care

Improper brushing and flossing allow food particles to remain in the mouth. This creates a good breeding area for bacteria. In addition, bacteria can collect on the tongue, which some people do not view as part of the oral care routine. This results in an unpleasant taste in the mouth and a bad odor. Do you brush and floss regularly, but your breath does not go away? Contact us to determine if something else is behind the halitosis.

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