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Halitosis

Bad Breath Can Indicate Serious Problems

Over 90 million people struggle with chronic bad breath! For most it is caused by high levels of bacteria in the mouth, that form colonies under the gum line, between the teeth, and between the taste buds on the tongue. They produce sulfur gases, the same as from rotten eggs, resulting in foul-smelling breath. Chewing gum, mints, or typical mouthwashes may only mask it temporarily.

The bacteria that cause bad breath also do damage to the gums and jawbone, which is known as gum disease. To properly eliminate bad breath, we must evaluate for any signs of gum disease, Bad breath can also stem from other general health situations: internal infections, diabetes, kidney failure, liver malfunction, and dry mouth caused by aging, medications, mouth breathing or chemotherapy. Regardless of the cause, bad breath is treatable! There are numerous rinses, toothpastes, and devices available. You may need a thorough dental cleaning, as well. The first step would be to call the office for an evaluation; from there we can help you have fresh breath.

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