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Bad Breath? Is It Something Serious? - Part 2 | Our Dental Blog



Bad Breath? Is It Something Serious? - Part 2

Oct 25 2017

As part of our last article, we talked about bad breath, a few of the usual root causes, and why it is so important to floss your teeth. In our ongoing articles on bad breath, we will now look at more serious oral health conditions that may be responsible for it.

Are you experiencing long-term halitosis which doesn't appear to go away, despite brushing and flossing every day? In certain cases, halitosis can be an indicator of a much more severe concern.

Provided below are a couple of serious oral health issues connected with halitosis:

  • Throat problems
  • Gum disease
  • Dental cavities
  • Throat or oral cancer
  • Tonsils that contain trapped food fragments
  • A root canal that is infected

Bad breath could furthermore be an indication of a variety of serious non-oral illnesses such as:

  • Liver disease
  • Diabetes
  • HIV
  • Digestive system afflictions, including GERD, lung infections, and lung disease

The Significance of Routine

Research supports a link between the absence of flossing and halitosis, among other insufficient oral hygiene behaviors. In order to help avoid halitosis, your oral hygiene regimen should involve not just daily flossing, but, additionally, brushing the teeth, tongue, gums, and top of your mouth twice on a daily basis.

Making use of a mouthwash will offer short-term alleviation for halitosis. Nevertheless, always remember, mouthwash really should be employed alongside brushing and flossing, not as a substitute.

Suffering from bad breath?

At Steve A. Sato, DDS, we can further analyze your condition and help pinpoint any issues. Get in touch with our office at 937-226-1400 or schedule an appointment online.


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