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Bad breath, which is also called halitosis, is a big downer in social situations. Sometimes having bad breath just indicates that you need to brush your teeth or use a mint, but that is not always enough to fix the problem. Read on for some of the most common causes of bad breath:

Dental Problems
Bad breath is often caused by tooth decay or gum disease. Bacteria that can cause bad breath can hide in cavities and in periodontal pockets between the gums and the teeth.

Medical Issues
Viruses and illnesses can cause bad breath, especially if they affect the sinuses, throat, or nasal passages. Persistent bad breath can also indicate liver or kidney disease.

Coffee & Cigarettes
Drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes are both known causes of bad breath. Both coffee and cigarettes can introduce unpleasant odors to the mouth. In addition, cigarettes can cause the growth of foul-smelling bacteria in the mouth.

Digestive Issues
Some digestive issues can cause the contents of the stomach to move back up into the esophagus. This causes discomfort as well as a smelly gas to come out of the mouth.

Skipping Meals
It may come as a surprise to learn that skipping meals can cause the breath to smell unpleasant. To avoid bad breath, eat regular meals three to four hours apart.

Potent Foods
Some foods can cause bad breath. If you would like your breath to smell fresh, avoid potent foods like onions, garlic, and alcohol.

Poor Dental Hygiene
Brush your teeth twice each day for at least two minutes each time. If you do not, halitosis can be the result. Brush your tongue as well to help kick bad breath.

Schedule a visit at our dental office today so that our dentist can help you determine the cause of your bad breath and help fight it. If needed, Dr. Bart Deering may suggest that you visit your regular doctor. Contact Bart Deering DDS at 972-271-4545 for more information about prevention and treatment for bad breath in Garland, Texas, and to set up an appointment.