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Halitosis, also referred to as bad breath, can often arise despite proper oral hygiene and effective cleaning methods. The continual return of bad breath may not be an indication that your cleaning habits are not working, but rather that your bad breath may be the result of an underlying condition within the body, including ones that do not occur within your mouth.

Bad breath could be caused by an underlying condition in your health, as many respiratory tract infections, liver and kidney problems, and various forms of diabetes are all capable of producing bad breath occurrences. Even your medications could be the cause of your bad breath, as symptoms such a dry mouth can raise the chances that halitosis can take place.

If you fail to maintain your daily oral health care habits such as brushing and flossing daily, you could be more susceptible to bad breath. As bacteria and plaque accumulate in your mouth, gingivitis and periodontal disease could set in. To eliminate bad breath caused by bacteria in your mouth easily, using mouthwash or sugarless chewing gum can help.

To learn more about bad breath treatments, contact Dr. Smith and our team at Scott A. Smith DDS by calling us at 209-205-4657. If you would like an oral exam or bi-annual professional cleaning, our dentist office is located in Merced, California. We can help enhance your oral health care today!