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Halitosis, which is also referred to as bad breath, plagues many people from time to time, but for others, halitosis is a recurring or persistent thing. Often, bad breath is caused by bacteria in the mouth and on the tongue. Halitosis that occurs because of this is easily remedied by brushing your teeth and tongue. However, occasionally bad breath is caused by a dental or overall health issue. Our dentist and team are happy to go over these culprits, which include:

Infections in the Oral Cavity
Mouth infections allow bacteria to hide and fester in the mouth, causing bad breath. The symptoms of a mouth infection will differ depending on the type of infection. However, they may include:

– Inflamed or swollen gums that bleed easily
– An abscess on the gums or pus between the teeth
– Loose teeth or a change in how your teeth come together
– Open sores on the gums or tongue

Dry Mouth
Dry mouth can cause bad breath because there is not enough saliva to naturally rinse and help clean the mouth. Signs of dry mouth include:

– Issues with swallowing dry foods
– A burning in the mouth
– Difficulty talking for a long time because of the mouth becoming dry
– Dry eyes
– An oddly high frequency of tooth decay

Respiratory Tract Infection
A respiratory tract infection can cause bad breath, especially if there is mucus drainage involved. Symptoms may include:

– Swollen glands in the neck
– Stuffy nose
– Sore throat
– Fever
– Discharge from the nose that is greenish or yellowish

If you have persistent or recurring bad breath, visit Dr. Reeve Abraben so he can detect the underlying cause. If the cause is connected to your overall health instead of to your dental health, our dentist in Lake City, Florida, may suggest that you visit your regular doctor. Please contact Lake City Family Dental Center, PA at 386.752.1342 today for more information and to set up a visit.