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Bad breath has many causes, the most logical of which is lack of good oral hygiene. Also called halitosis, it may also be a side effect of medication induced dry mouth, infections of the lungs, sinus or mouth, digestive and gastrointestinal issues, diseases of the stomach, liver, kidneys and pancreas, and of course things like smoking.

The odors coming from bad breath are not all the same and the source may not always be easily detectable. You may need to get a professional evaluation to pinpoint the reason for your bad breath.

You may not be aware that you have bad breath until someone lets you know. To avoid embarrassment, and since it is difficult for the person who has it to smell their own bad breath, good advice is to catch it early by asking a family member or friend to tell you.

Making specific, daily changes in your oral hygiene habits may be all that is needed to address the concern. By brushing not only your teeth but tongue after eating is a good habit that may make all the difference. Flossing is also recommended, and drinking water to stay properly hydrated are some of the basic habits that may do the job.

If you still have offensive breath odor after making these changes, consider an evaluation from a dentist. he may refer you to another specialist if he believes that you may have a more serious problem that is causing the offending smell.

Before your dentist appointment, please review these tips:

– Most dentist usually prefer that the patient not eat anything before testing. Setting your appointment in the morning before you eat will keep food odor from voiding the test. At minimum do not eat three hours before your appointment.

– Don’t wear perfumes, cologne or any fragrance that might mask your breath odor.

– Be sure to inform your dentist if you are taking any medications that might be a cause for bad breath. he may want to schedule the appointment at a later date to ensure that these are not the issue.

Dr. Nirmal Aujla would be delighted to see you for evaluation. If you have any questions, please contact us at: 315-788-7070, or come in for testing at Jefferson Dental Health PC in Watertown, New York.