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Bad breath can make it embarrassing to talk to friends or meet someone new. If you seem to struggle with stubborn bad breath that won’t go away, you could be suffering from halitosis. There are many causes of this condition, which is why our team of experts here at Philadelphia Dental Associates in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is happy to help you discover which cause could be triggering your halitosis.

Bad breath can emerge any time thanks to the hundreds of types of bacteria that naturally live in your mouth. When you consume foods or drinks, bacteria feed on the food left in your mouth and leave a foul-smelling waste product behind. Foods like garlic, onions, spices, coffee, and many other items can also cause your breath to smell. Smoking can also put a big damper on your breath. It can stain your teeth, give you bad breath, and put you at risk for a host of health problems. In fact, tobacco users are more likely to suffer from gum disease. Since smoking also affects your sense of smell, smokers may not be aware of how their breath smells.

Dry mouth could also be a reason for bad breath because your mouth needs saliva. Saliva is vital because it works hard by clearing out bacteria and food particles that could be giving you bad breath. Bad breath is also a warning sign of gum disease already taking hold, which is caused by cavity-causing bacteria called plaque and a lack of oral health hygiene. It is also important to remember that medications can also be a cause of bad breath, which is why it’s vital to talk to your dentists, Drs. Hong, Fee, and Cho about any medications you may be using.

If you have health concerns about your bad breath or would like to come in for a dental appointment, please call us today at 215-564-9010. Our dental team is excited to provide you with high-quality care and service.