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Halitosis can ruin your summer. Halitosis, a symptom more commonly referred to as bad breath, is a disorder that is characterized by foul odors coming from the mouth. Usually, bad breath is caused by poor oral hygiene or infection in your mouth, but it can stem from deeper issues within your body as well.

A key cause of bad breath in your mouth is the foods and drinks you consume and the habits you keep during your daily life. If you are a heavy smoker, it is all but guaranteed that halitosis will come to affect you. Even most forms of medication are known to contribute to bad breath.

Another sure sign of bad breath is underlying diseases that may exist. If you notice an abscess on a tooth, or if you are feeling signs of a toothache, your tooth may be infected. In addition to many other oral health risks, bad breath will begin to set in. If you have an underlying illness such as an upper respiratory tract infection, or liver and kidney problems, you may end up contracting bad breath in due time.

To learn more about treating bad breath, contact Dr. Rakhi Jani and our team at Smiles Unlimited by calling us at 925.344.5757. If you would like an oral exam or bi-annual professional cleaning, our dentist office is located in Livermore, California. We are here to proudly keep you and your smile healthy and happy.