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Bad breath, which is medically known as halitosis, can be very embarrassing and can even lower self-esteem. You may try to cover bad breath with mints, gum or mouthwash, but these are only temporary solutions. You can deal with the cause of the problem with the help of Dr. Watkins.

Tobacco Products
A lingering odor in the mouth can be caused by using tobacco products like cigarettes and chewing tobacco.

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 garlic, onions and some spices. When these strong-smelling foods are digested, they enter the bloodstream and are carried to your lungs, where they can affect your breath.

Dry Mouth
Saliva is the mouth’s natural cleaner. It flushes out 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 you should, the lingering food particles can cause bad breath. In addition, lingering plaque can irritate the gums and cause gum disease. Tooth decay and infection in the gums can both cause bad breath. Also, if your tongue is not properly cleaned, odor-causing plaque and bacteria can become trapped in the surface of the tongue.

Some Medications
Some medications have a side effect of causing dry mouth, which in turn contributes to bad breath.

For more information and to schedule your next visit with our dentist in San Antonio, TX, we invite you to contact W Dental Group at 210-526-0925 today. We look forward to your visit!

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