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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. Read on for some of the most common causes of bad breath:

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

Dry Mouth
Dry mouth occurs when the mouth does not produce enough saliva. Saliva is important because it rinses and helps clean the mouth. If there is not enough saliva for this to happen properly, bad breath can be the result.

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

Coffee & Cigarettes
Drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes are both known causes of halitosis. 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 you, but 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 especially fresh, avoid 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 for extra protection from 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. We encourage you to contact us at 843-884-1215 to learn more about prevention and treatment for bad breath in Mount Pleasant, SC, and to schedule an appointment.