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Did you know, bad breath can occur anytime thanks to the hundreds of types of bacteria that naturally live in your mouth? Well, it’s true! Here at Alpha Dental Spa in Cinnaminson, New Jersey, our dental team cares for your oral health, which is why we are happy to talk to you about halitosis, also known as bad breath, today.

When you eat foods, bacteria feed on the food left in your mouth and leave a foul-smelling waste product behind. Items like garlic, onions, coffee, and many other foods can cause your breath to smell. Smoking of any kind can also put a damper on your breath. It can stain or darken your teeth, give you bad breath, and put you at risk for a host of health problems. Tobacco users are more likely to suffer from gum disease because of the irritation it creates. Since smoking also affects your sense of smell, smokers may never be aware of how their breath smells.

Dry mouth could also be a reason for bad breath. This is because saliva works hard by clearing bacteria and food particles out that could be giving you bad breath. Bad breath, or halitosis, is also a warning sign of advanced gum disease, which is caused by lack of oral health hygiene and cavity causing bacteria called plaque. It is also smart to remember that medications can also be a cause of bad breath, which is why it’s important to talk to your dentist, Dr. David Cho, about any medications you could be using.

If you have any questions or concerns about your bad breath or would like to come in for a dental appointment, please call us today at 856-829-1989. Our friendly and professional dental team is happy to provide you with high-quality care and service.