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Bad breath, which is medically known as halitosis, can be a downer on social outings. You may try to cover bad breath with mints, gum or mouthwash, but these are only temporary solutions. Address the cause of the problem with the help of Dr. Chet B. Hawkins.

Food
When food particles break down around your teeth, bacteria can increase and cause an unpleasant odor. There are certain foods that are likely to cause bad breath, including onions, garlic and strong spices, like curry. When these strong-smelling foods are digested, they enter the bloodstream and are carried to your lungs, where they affect your breath.

Dry Mouth
Saliva is the natural cleaner of the mouth. It removes particles and bacteria that can cause bad breath. In a condition known as dry mouth, the mouth does not produce enough saliva, which contributes to bad breath.

Poor Dental Hygiene
If you don’t brush and floss as efficiently or as often as you should, the lingering food particles can cause halitosis. Lingering plaque can irritate the gums and cause gum disease as well. Tooth decay and infection in the gums can both lead to bad breath. Also, if your tongue is not properly cleaned, odor-causing plaque and bacteria can become trapped in the uneven surface of the tongue.

To learn more and to schedule your next visit with our dentist in Houston, Texas, we encourage you to contact our office at 281-488-4242.