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It’s normal to have halitosis (or bad breath) once in a while, especially if you just ate food or haven’t brushed your teeth for a few hours. If your breath is chronically foul-smelling, though, it could be a sign that something isn’t right in your mouth. As a dental practice, our Irish Road Dental team has found these conditions to be the most common causes of halitosis:

– Poor dental hygiene: If you don’t brush and floss daily, food lingers in your mouth and creates bacteria, filling your mouth with an unpleasant smell. When you brush your teeth, give your tongue and the roof of your mouth a good scrubbing to remove all food residue.

– Dry Mouth: Dry mouth is a condition in which your mouth can’t produce adequate amounts of saliva. Your saliva acts as a rinsing agent to your teeth, periodically removing odor-causing bacteria.

– Tobacco products: Smoking affects your mouth as much as your lungs. The smoke can linger on your breath, making it stale and unpleasant. Smoking can also lead to health issues like gum disease, another cause of bad breath.

– Gum disease: Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease is caused by accumulated bacteria on the soft gum tissue. Bacteria can create a strong odor in your mouth.

– Medication: Certain medications can affect the state of your mouth, increasing your chances of developing chronic halitosis. You can talk to Dr. John Wiltz about altering your medication or prescribing a treatment for halitosis.

If you’re suffering from persistent bad breath in Davison, Michigan, please contact Irish Road Dental at 810.653.4100 to schedule an appointment. Dr. John Wiltz will gladly meet with you to diagnose the cause of your halitosis and design a personal treatment plan. With our help, you don’t have to be self-conscious of your breath.