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If people are turning away or covering their nose when you speak, it could have something to do with your breath. According to Sophisticated-Smiles, poor oral hygiene is at the top of the list when it comes to bad breath, or halitosis. Nevertheless, it isn’t just poor oral hygiene that can put you in the chronic bad breath category.

What Causes Halitosis?

Dr. Angela Cameron from Sophisticated-Smiles explains that chronic bad breath could stem from a few things and while not brushing and flossing will cause bad breath, so will certain medications and personal habits.

Below are some of the reasons you could be suffering from bad breath

  • Consuming odorous food and drink
  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco
  • Poor Oral Hygiene
  • Coffee
  • Diets High in Sugar
  • Low Carb Diets
  • High Protein Diets
  • Poor Digestive System
  • Chronic Acid Reflux
  • Dry Mouth
  • Digestive Problems
  • Certain Medications

Other Reasons You May Have Chronic Halitosis

Chronic halitosis could also be an indication of something more serious. According to the team from Sophisticated-Smiles, most people with bad breath are not brushing and flossing as they should. This means food particles stay in the mouth leaving a sticky film of bacteria. Known as plaque it forms on the teeth and your tongue. If you still have your tonsils, plaque and food particles will stay there as well causing halitosis.

Poor oral hygiene is also to blame for gum disease and tooth decay, which are both, associated with chronic bad breath. Stay consistent with your oral hygiene habits is your best defense when it comes to halitosis.

Bad Breath Can Indicate Something More Serious

Your bad breath may be a sign that something else is going on with your body. For example, bad breath may be a sign of a tonsil infection or post nasal drip. Sinus problems also cause bad breath.

If you have chronic halitosis talk to your primary care physician as it could also be an indication of liver or kidney issues or diabetes. In some rare cases, bad breath has been a sign of certain cancers or other metabolic issues.

Keeping Breath Fresh

According to your family dentist in Johnson City, the best way to keep your breath fresh is to brush, floss, watch your diet, and schedule regular dental checkups. It is also important to schedule regular professional cleanings and bi annual dental checkups with Sophisticated-Smiles.

If you suffer from bad breath, or suspect that you might, call and schedule a dental checkup with your dentist in Johnson City. You’ll be glad you did and so will those around you.

Call and schedule your appointment today.

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