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Halitosis, or bad breath, is the result of foul-smelling or nasty odors emanating from your mouth. Oftentimes, this is caused by bacteria in your mouth, but the causes can be far and wide. In some instances, bad breath could be a symptom of more serious health issues in your body.

If you have respiratory tract infections or liver and kidney infections, bad breath may occur. Always consult your dentist if bad breath persists to ensure you don’t have serious health issues. Gum disease, failing dental instruments in your mouth, some foods and drinks, various medications you are taking, and bad habits like smoking can all lead to bad breath.

For quick removal of bad breath, use products designed to remove bacteria from your teeth and gums. This includes daily oral health habits like brushing and flossing, as well as mouthwash. Plaque buildup is a common cause of bad breath, so keep your teeth and gums free and clear by cleaning them daily.

To prevent halitosis, make sure you are following the aforementioned treatment techniques for a healthy smile that can last a lifetime. If you would like Dr. Carol Halloran and our team at Crossroads Dental to bring you in for an oral exam or professional cleaning, please contact our dentist office in Waterloo, Iowa, by calling us at 319.291.3908. Come align your oral health care goals and your dreams with us!