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Bad Breath and Associated Health Issues Part 1 | Our Dental Blog

Bad Breath and Associated Health Issues Part 1

Sept 28 2017

In this post, Dr. Sato examines some of the severe problems that could be the reason for bad breath (halitosis). If you keep a good oral hygiene routine but bad breath continues, something more serious may be happening.

Halitosis can be an indicator of bigger health issues. These include:

  • Strep throat (or some other throat troubles).
  • Acid reflux.
  • Lung infections.
  • Lung disease.
  • Gum disease.
  • Oral cancer.
  • Dental caries.
  • Liver disease.
  • A root canal that has become infected.
  • Food debris stuck in tonsils.
  • Diabetes.
  • HIV.

Don’t worry too much though; the likely scenario is that the halitosis is the result of bad oral hygiene habits, most commonly due to inadequate flossing. To get rid of halitosis, your daily routine should include flossing, brushing your tongue, teeth, gums, and top the top of your mouth at least twice per day. You can also incorporate mouthwash for a temporary aid to bad breath.

Is halitosis a concern for you?

If you are struggling with bad breath and it does not seem to be going away with good oral hygiene, contact Dr. Sato and schedule an appointment so he can find out if there are any serious issues that need to be treated.

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