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Bad breath, which is medically known as halitosis, can be very embarrassing and 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. Garland.

Common causes of bad breath include:

Tobacco Products
Smoking and using other tobacco products can cause a bad, lingering odor in the mouth.

Food
When food particles get stuck between your teeth and are not removed by brushing or flossing, the particles can break down around your teeth, creating bacteria. This bacteria can increase and release an unpleasant odor. There are certain foods that are likely to cause bad breath without having to be stuck between your teeth. These include onions, garlic and some spices.

Dry Mouth
Saliva is the mouth’s natural cleanser. It helps remove some particles and bacteria that can cause bad breath. When dry mouth is evident, either from medications or the mouth not producing enough saliva, this condition can also contribute to bad breath.

Poor Dental Hygiene
When proper dental hygiene is not practiced, the soft gooey substance called plaque (leftover food and bacteria) can infect the gums and cause gum disease as well as tooth decay. Gum disease and tooth decay can both lead to bad breath. This also holds true if your tongue is not properly cleaned. Odor-causing plaque and bacteria can gather in the crevices of your tongue as well.

For more information and to schedule your next visit with Dr. Garland in Sacramento, California, we welcome you to call RiverLake Family Dental at 916-422-1823 today.