If you experience bad breath, it may be a sign of other dental health issues.
In our last blog, we looked at some common causes of bad breath and the importance of flossing. Continuing this discussion, we want to share some of the dental health issues that may be contributing to bad breath.
If you do suffer from bad breath, it is important to remember that it does not mean you have one of these issues, but you should still visit the dentist to address it.
These health issues can be both dental and non-dental, and include:
- Gum disease
- A root canal that is infected
- Throat or oral cancer
- Throat problems, like strep throat
- Dental Cavities
- Tonsils that contain trapped food particles
- Acid reflux
- Lung infections
- Liver disease
- Lung disease
Habits are Important
To keep a healthy mouth and prevent bad breath, practicing proper dental hygiene is important. This includes brushing your teeth, gums, tongue and the roof of your mouth as well as flossing. Mouthwash may help to offer temporary relief, but it is not a substitute for brushing or flossing.