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Bad breath stinks. Literally! Did you know that stinky breath can come from more than just anchovies? Stinky breath also comes from sources inside your body, and when that’s the case it’s referred to as halitosis. Here are some causes of halitosis.

-If you have periodontal disease, pockets of bacteria in between your gums are eating away your teeth, and they may also be the culprit behind smelly breath. And because those pockets can be hard to reach, cleaning them out will require dental help.

-Infections in the oral cavity and/or nasal passage might reason behind postnasal drip, which could be a cause of halitosis. When your body produces mucus in a postnasal drip or to battle infections, your mouth can be left a slimy, smelly breeding ground for bacteria.

-Dry mouth is another ailment that puts you at risk for halitosis. spit in the mouth rinses out debris and dangerous bacteria, and it breaks down food, making wedged debris less probable to occur. Without saliva (and all of its benefits), bacteria become more common in the mouth and bad breath is practically inevitable. Medications and some conditions can contribute to dry mouth; if you’re unsure whether you might have dry mouth, please speak with us at your next appointment.

Smoking, drug utilize, liver disease, kidney disease and diabetes may also lead to halitosis. If brushing twice per day and flossing once a day aren’t helping with your bad breath, you may have halitosis. Please contact us at 509-467-1562 to pencil in your next visit with Dr. Debra Craig in our Spokane, Washington, office, and we’ll help you defeat bad breath for good.