Halitosis (the medical term for bad breath) is embarrassing and unpleasant. There are a number of possible causes, from eating habits to serious medical conditions. Your dentist can help you identify the source of your halitosis, and determine how to eliminate it.
Common causes of bad breath include:
- Food – Everything that you consume has the potential to affect your breath. Some compounds in food are absorbed by your body, and expelled through your lungs. Additionally, poor oral hygiene leaves small particles of food in your mouth. Odorous foods such as garlic and onions are the most common culprits.
- Periodontal disease – Also called gum disease, this is one of the most common ...