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Are you familiar with all the different causes of halitosis? Halitosis, which is more commonly referred to as bad breath, is a condition in which foul odors slowly seep out of your mouth. Several different risks are possible for the presence of bad breath, and many are easily treated. However, in order to effectively eradicate any bad breath, you may be suffering from, it is important to first understand what is causing it

Preparing your smile includes assessing all risk factors for bad breath. By grasping and identifying issues associated with bad breath, you can make sure that it is effectively treated, so it does not continue to return. If bad breath is not properly treated, it can continue until the underlying condition is treated as well.

For example, if you are suffering from routine oral health risks such as plaque buildup, you could be further increasing your risk for bad breath until the offending debris is eliminated from your mouth. Bacteria can also collect on your tongue that produces bad breath, so it is important to make sure that you always clean off your tongue every day. Other common risks for bad breath include foods and drinks that you may be consuming, bad habits such as smoking or chewing tobacco, the use of medications that produce dry mouth, and the presence of oral health conditions such as gum disease. Furthermore, bad breath can even arise due to infections such as respiratory tract failures or liver and kidney problems.

For more advice on treating bad breath, or to schedule an oral exam with Dr. Reeve Abraben and our team at our dentist office in Lake City, Florida, please contact Lake City Family Dental Center, PA at 386.752.1342.