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If leftover food particles or bad bacteria are the source of your bad breath, the solution is pretty simple: brush your teeth or gargle some mouthwash and it will go away immediately. Halitosis, on the other hand, is more difficult to defeat. Before you seek professional treatment, take a look at these dental issues and see if this might explain your bad breath:

-Gum Disease: Periodontitis, or gum disease in its more advanced stage, can cause deep pockets in your gums where odor causing bacteria enjoy hiding.

-Mouth, Nose or Throat Infections: Infections with post-nasal drip can also mean bad breath. Why is that, exactly? Well, bacteria feeds on mucus, emitting foul smells in the process.

-Dry Mouth: Dry mouth means your mouth doesn’t make enough saliva. Since saliva helps keep your mouth clean, this can severely impact your dental health. Dry mouth can occur as a result of medication, certain medical conditions, alcohol or tobacco use, or even excessive caffeine.

-Smoking and Tobacco: Not only does it leave its own distinct odor, but can also create an atmosphere in which bad bacteria thrive. This leads to a host of other problems, such as gum disease, dry mouth and oral cancer.

-Other Medical Conditions: Gastric reflux, diabetes, liver or kidney disease and other medical conditions and medications can cause halitosis as a side effect.

Do you think you may have halitosis? Before you seek treatment with your orthodontist, make sure you are brushing and flossing consistently and drinking plenty of water. Cut back on caffeine and quit smoking as needed.

If you still have bad breath in Vista, California, please set up an appointment at Hennes Orthodontics. Dr. Jerrold Hennes can help advise you of your treatment options. Just call (760) 598.1707. We’d be happy to help!