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Bad breath or halitosis affects everyone at some point in their lives. It may be that one person in the office from whom you prefer to keep a discreet distance. Or it could be you, depending on what you had for lunch, and if you brush and floss on a regular basis. In many cases, bad breath is the result of something we are earlier in the day. To keep a healthy mouth, you need to brush at least twice a day, floss once a day and see your dentist for your regular cleanings and exams. But if the source of your bad breath is not easily identifiable, you and your dentist may need to explore other possibilities.

Even if you brush, floss and use mouthwash, if you smoke or use tobacco in any form, you have a greater possibility of developing halitosis. If you are on a diet, bad breath may develop because you aren’t eating enough. Your dentist may want to check you for gum disease, which can also cause halitosis. Other symptoms of gum disease include red, swollen, tender and bleeding gums. If you suffer from dry mouth, your body will not produce enough saliva to wash the bacteria out of your mouth. Bad breath can also be caused by diseases of the liver or kidneys, sinus or respiratory infections, or reflux. You may not realize it, but your tongue contains millions of bacteria which can lead to bad breath.

If bad breath is a concern of yours, or if it is just time for your regular cleaning and exam, then why not make an appointment to see Dr. Stephen Coker at Parkway Dental? If you live in the Cary, North Carolina, area, you can call 919-380-9622 to plan your visit.