Halitosis, also known as bad breath, can be an embarrassing issue. However, it is a very common occurrence for most people. Because it is almost impossible for a person to smell his or her own breath, they may not even be aware of the problem until someone says something. The many causes of bad breath start in and around the teeth as well as around the gum-line and tongue. This can be remedied by brushing and flossing at least twice a day. Failure to do so may allow the buildup of plaque around the gum line and teeth and tends to produce an unpleasant odor and taste in the mouth. For this reason, professional cleaning by Dentists will keep plaque formation to unmanageable levels. There are several medical conditions that see bad breath as a symptom, including:

* Sinusitis

* Infection of the nose and throat

* Diabetes

* Certain gastrointestinal disorders

* Liver disorders

* Respiratory infection such as bronchitis

* Acid reflux disease

Certain foods like garlic and onions, coffee, or tea are also guilty of causing bad breath. Smoking is probably the worst culprit though. The nutrients are absorbed into the bloodstream and the smell is passed through the lungs and is only temporarily masked when brushing. Tobacco, coffee, and tea also create an unnatural odor, but are easily tamed when the mouth is thoroughly cleaned. Xerostomia, or dry mouth, is another common reason for halitosis. Inadequate amounts of saliva are produced and the natural phase of self-cleaning and the removal of food waste is seriously hampered. This allows bacteria to multiply and is often the biggest reason for halitosis.

Bad breath is not something a person needs to live with. In addition to the following preventive advice, talk to local Dentists about ways to eliminate unwanted bacteria. Be sure to clean your teeth thoroughly every day, at least twice. This includes brushing the teeth, tongue, and sides and roof of the mouth as well as flossing between the teeth. This will ensure that food particles are removed and will help avoid accumulation of any tartar. Drink plenty of water throughout the day, as this will loosen debris and remove bacteria that cause bad breath. Visit Alamoanadental.com to learn more. You can also connect them on Facebook.