Bad Breath (Halitosis)
Persistent bad breath may be a warning sign of gum disease which is caused by buildup of plaque and tartar at the gum line which harbors the foul odor causing bacteria. If left untreated, damage can result to the gums and jawbone. Poor oral hygiene habits can lead to bad breath by leaving food particles behind in the mouth promoting bacterial growth between the gums, teeth and tongue. Cavities, poor fitting dentures, yeast infections and dry mouth (xerostomia) can also cause bad breath.
Medical conditions such as pneumonia or bronchitis, chonic sinus infections, postnasal drip, diabetes, chronic acid reflux and liver or kidney problems can also result in bad breath.
At Precision Dental our Glendale dentist, Dr. Leo Aghajanian, is committed to tailoring a practical solution for your concerns about bad breath (halitosis) you may be experiencing.