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Bad breath, or halitosis is a common problem. All of us at one time or another, have been aware or made aware that our breath was a little pungent. Bad breath can be caused by something you eat, coffee, and tobacco use. But there are other causes that may require a dentist’s attention.

If you are dieting, bad breath may be a side effect. If you have dry mouth, a condition in which your body does not produce enough saliva, you may experience bad breath. Saliva cleans the mouth and removes the bacteria that causes bad breath and tooth decay. If you have cavities or gum disease, they may also be contributing to your problem. If you have a respiratory or sinus infection, bad breath may occur. Your bad breath may even be caused by kidney or liver, or gastrointestinal problems.

One of the best lines of defense against bad breath is maintaining your oral hygiene regimen. You should brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and floss once a day. Since your tongue contains bacteria that cause halitosis, and you should clean your tongue once a day with a tongue scraper or your toothbrush

If you have chronic bad breath, and you cannot trace it back to a recent meal or a habit, you need to talk with our dentist, Dr. Juan Echeverri. The dentist may be able to treat you for a dental problem or may need to confer with your physician about addressing a larger problem.  If you live in the Houston, Texas, area and are concerned about your halitosis, you can call 713-956-8767 to schedule an appointment at Echeverri Dental Center.