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Bad breath is often a symptom of a deeper underlying disorder. Bad breath, often called halitosis, is the result of highly unpleasant odors coming from your mouth. These odors are often caused by bacterial buildup within your mouth, but can also be the result of a condition within your body. Listed below is some information you should know about bad breath to help you understand what may be the cause of yours:

— Bad breath is most often produced by improper brushing and flossing, or lack thereof.

— Bad oral hygiene can cause bad breath, specifically the accrual of plaque in your mouth.

— Medications that produce dry mouth as a symptom can produce bad breath.

— Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, can produce bad breath.

— Respiratory tract infections and kidney and liver issues can produce bad breath.

— One of the best treatments for bad breath is mouthwash, as it can help wash away harmful bacteria and food particles that are the cause of many bad breath issues.

— Avoid unhealthy habits that can contribute to bad breath, such as smoking or chewing tobacco.

To discuss your halitosis treatment options with Dr. Steven Rodriguez and the rest of our team at Healthy Smiles Dental Care® of Chelsea, simply schedule an appointment at our dental office in Chelsea, Michigan. Our number is 734-475-8911, and we look forward to making your smile shine soon!