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Are you suffering from bad breath? If you are, it could be linked to an underlying condition deep within your body. Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is a condition in which foul odors emanate from your mouth. It could be linked to the foods you eat, unhealthy lifestyle habits and poor oral hygiene.

Frequently asked questions associated with bad breath are as follows:

Question: What is bad breath?
Answer: Bad breath is a condition in which odors that are unsavory by nature emanate from your mouth. This can be linked to a variety of causes both in your mouth and your body.

Question: What does it mean if bad breath frequently returns even after freshening my breath?
Answer: If you constantly suffer from bad breath after treatments or it continues to return, it could be linked to a deep underlying condition. This can include gum disease, toothaches or underlying ailments deep within your body.

Question: What are some of the risk factors for bad breath?
Answer: Plaque buildup is a known cause of bad breath. So is poor oral hygiene and the presence of oral health ailments such as toothaches or gum disease. Bad breath can even be caused by unhealthy habits such as smoking or chewing tobacco or even by the foods and drinks you consume. Another known cause of bad breath is underlying conditions within your body including liver and kidney issues and respiratory tract infections.

For more bad breath prevention or treatment advice or to schedule an oral exam with Dr. Matthew Tuft and our team at our dentist office in Meridian, Idaho, please contact us at 208•376•5499.