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Bad breath can be awkward and annoying. But it may be a sign of something more serious. Here are some potential causes of halitosis to watch out for:

Bacteria: If you don’t care well for your teeth, bad bacteria can live in your teeth and gums, creating plaque and other malodorous substances that also lead to tooth decay.

Gum disease: Gum disease can cause bad breath, tooth loss, and even bone loss.

Dry mouth: Dry mouth is a condition in which your salivary glands fail to produce the saliva needed to wash away bad bacteria or food particles from your teeth and gums, resulting in a stinky mouth.

Food: Garlic, onions, and other spices on the breath may cause others to crinkle their noses.

Tobacco: A side effect of smoking and chewing tobacco is halitosis, but this is often only a sign of larger issues, including oral cancer, tooth decay, and gum disease.

Medical conditions: Various medical conditions and even medications can cause halitosis. If you think one of these may be the cause of yours, talk to your doctor about possible solutions.

The best safeguards and treatments for halitosis are brushing your teeth and flossing every day and visiting Dr. Wayne W. Hsieh for check-ups. If you have developed any dental conditions for which halitosis is a less serious side effect, Designer Smiles Dentistry in Garden City, New York will be able to provide you with the direction you need to return your smile to pristine health. Call us at 516-280-4020.