Dental Question Bad breath: What causes it?

Q: I’ve been brushing and I haven’t changed my diet, but lately I’ve had bad breath. What could be causing it?

A: Bad breath (also known as halitosis) can have many potential causes. Frequent causes include tooth decay, gum disease, plaque and calculus build up, using tobacco products and eating odor-causing foods like garlic or onions. Other possible causes include respiratory infections and long-term dry mouth. There are more serious medical conditions, like diabetes, that can cause bad breath, and some medications can also cause it.

If you’re having problems with bad breath, it’s important to see a dentist and get checked out so you can find out what’s causing it and get it treated.

Dr. Natalie Khadavi sees patients in the Los Angeles area. Visit our website or give us a call at (310) 482-3971 for more information about how we can provide you and your family with healthy smiles that last a lifetime.

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