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Halitosis, or bad breath, is an unfortunate oral issue that can be embarrassing for the patient and repellant to the unfortunate people around him/her. Is it any wonder why the store counters are filled to overflowing with mints, chewing gum and breath fresheners? While these may be helpful to mask odors, they are only temporary measures.

Bad breath has several potential triggers, each of which can be addressed with certain healthy habits. There are some foods, certain health issues, and a few bad habits that could be the origin of a person’s bad breath. The main concern, if being ignored, is proper dental hygiene. Brushing 2x each day with a soft-bristled brush and also scraping the tongue and scrubbing the palate and gums should help. If not, consult your dentist to ensure there is not a more serious issue causing the odor.

The Causes of Bad Breath:

-Garlic, onions, and certain spices
-Ignoring brushing and flossing.
-Chronic dry mouth
-Lack of saliva
-Some medications
-Infections of the mouth
-Acid reflux
-Other mouth, nose and throat ailments from disease or disorders. Cancers, metabolic conditions, etc., can bring foul mouth odor because of chemicals that are produced. Children may have bad breath due to food items being lodged in the nostril.

If you need an evaluation to discover the reason for chronic bad breath, Dr. Bruce Westover would be happy to help you. Please contact Dr. Bruce Westover to make an appointment at: 928-634-5566, or come by our office in Cottonwood, Arizona.