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How well would you say your oral hygiene is progressing? If you’re suffering from foul odors that are emanating from your mouth, you could be under the thralls of a condition known as halitosis. Halitosis, also commonly referred to as bad breath, is an oral health condition in which foul odors often caused by bacteria in your mouth begin to appear. However, not all signs of bad breath originate from your mouth.

In several instances, halitosis may actually be a condition linked to issues deep within your body. Even though it can manifest or become present due to bad breath, it is actually something entirely separate from your mouth altogether. Liver and kidney problems, as well as respiratory tract infections, are all known to produce bad breath at times. Because of this, you will continue to suffer bad breath until the underlying conditions are properly treated.

If you ever find yourself eating products such as garlic or onions or drinking coffee, you may often think you are suffering from bad breath because breath offending foods and drinks can often affect the air you exhale. However, simple treatments such as mouthwash can alleviate the symptoms.

Sometimes, bad breath can be caused by underlying oral health ailments within your mouth such as gum disease or toothaches. If your bad breath continues to return, visit your dentist to determine if an underlying ailment is the cause. Other common causes of bad breath include unclean dentures, habits such as smoking or chewing tobacco, dry mouth, or excessive plaque buildup.

For more information concerning halitosis or to schedule an appointment with Drs. Jerard and Kelly Wilson and the rest of our team, please contact us at our dentist office in Rocklin, California, by calling 916-663-5555. Rocklin Dental wants to help you with all of your oral health care needs.