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Bad breath stinks. Literally! Have you heard that stinky breath can come from more than just anchovies or garlic? Smelly breath can also come from sources inside your body, and when that’s the case it’s an illness referred to as halitosis. Here are a few sources of halitosis.

-If you have periodontal disease, pockets of bacterial acids in between your gums are eating away at your teeth, and they may also be causing rancid breath. And because those pockets can be tricky to get to, rinsing them out will require professional help.

-Infections in the oral cavity and/or nasal passage may be the reason behind postnasal drip, which could be a cause of halitosis. When your body creates mucus in a postnasal drip or to fight infections, your oral cavity can be left a slimy, smelly breeding ground for bacteria.

-Dry mouth is another sickness that puts you at risk for halitosis. Saliva in the oral cavity rinses out debris and hurtful bacteria, and it breaks down food, making lodged debris less prone to occur. Without saliva (and all of its benefits), bacteria become more rampant in the mouth and bad breath is practically inevitable. Medications and a few medical conditions can contribute to dry mouth. If you’re not sure whether you have dry mouth, please speak with us at your next appointment.

Smoking, drug use, reflux, liver disease, kidney disease, and diabetes may contribute to halitosis. If brushing twice per day and flossing once daily aren’t relieving your bad breath, you may have halitosis. Please contact us at 719-599-7453 to pencil in your next visit with Dr. David Crabtree in our Colorado Springs, Colorado, office, and we’ll help you cure bad breath for good.