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The root causes of halitosis. Halitosis, a symptom more commonly called bad breath, is a disorder that results from foul odors coming from the mouth. Typically, bad breath is caused by poor oral hygiene or infection in your mouth, but it can stem from deeper disorders within your body as well.

If you have signs of bad breath, an infection in your mouth or body is likely. In most cases, the odors are linked to bacteria. However, the odors could also be linked to foods and drinks you consume. They can also be linked to various degrees of bad habits you partake, including chewing and smoking tobacco. Some medications even produce bad breath symptoms as a side effect.

Bad breath may also be a sign of an infection. Toothaches and gum disease are often accompanied by bouts of halitosis. Bad breath is also commonly linked to respiratory tract infections, liver problems, and kidney diseases. Plaque buildup in the mouth is also a common cause of bad breath.

For a diagnosis and treatment options for bad breath, please contact Alluring Smiles, LLC to book an appointment with Dr. Maria Hayes and our team at our dentist office in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Call us at 301-637-6155. Let us help you achieve a healthy smile!