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Bad breath, also sometimes referred to as halitosis or dragon’s breath, is a foul-smelling odor or pungent smell given off while speaking or breathing. Sometimes, bad breath is merely the cause of lousy oral hygiene but it can also be caused by a failed dental appliance in your mouth or even more serious health issues.

If you fail to maintain your daily oral health care habits such as brushing and flossing daily, you could be more susceptible to bad breath. As bacteria and plaque build up in your mouth, gingivitis and periodontal disease could set in. Oftentimes, bad breath is a key symptom in individuals suffering from gum disease.

To eliminate bad breath easily, using mouthwash or sugarless chewing gum can help. However, your bad breath could also be caused by an underlying condition in your health, as many respiratory tract infections, liver and kidney problems, and various forms of diabetes are all capable of producing bad breath symptoms. Even your medications could be the cause of your bad breath, as symptoms such a dry mouth can increase the risk at which halitosis can occur.

Other causes of bad breath include unclean dentures, various types of foods and drinks, and smoking or chewing tobacco. If you suffer from bad breath issues, contact Southern Marin Dental at 415-578-5879 to see what we can do for you. To schedule an oral examination with Dr. Sohrab Saghezchi and our team at our dentist office in Mill Valley, California, please call us as soon as you can. We will do our best to help you in any way we can.