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Prevent halitosis from overwhelming your smile. Halitosis, a symptom more commonly referred to as bad breath, is a disorder that is linked to foul odors coming from the mouth. Traditionally, bad breath is caused by poor oral hygiene or infection in your mouth, but it can stem from deeper issues within your body as well.

Bad breath is not always linked to changes in your daily life. Some forms of bad breath are just an accumulation of bad habits over a lifetime. This can include heavily smoking or doing drugs, which oftentimes assuredly leads to bad breath symptoms. Many medications can also cause bad breath as a side effect. Even poor oral hygiene linked to plaque buildup is a common cause of bad breath.

Some forms of halitosis do not take place within the mouth. This can include upper respiratory tract infections, which often cause bad breath. If you are suffering from any liver or kidney problems, bad breath may persist.

To help prevent bad breath, improve your oral health care tactics such as brushing your mouth twice daily and flossing at least once daily. Also, be mindful of the foods you eat and the drinks you consume.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with Designing Smiles PSC to see if could benefit from a bi-annual professional cleaning, please call our dentist office in Sellersburg, Indiana at 812-246-3386. Dr. Dennis Jenkins and the rest of our team look forward to improving your smile for many years to come!