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Lakewood Dental Smile,
Dearborn, Mi

Halitosis, medically called bad breath is
the third most common reason that
people seek dental care (after tooth decay
and gum disease). It is a symptom in which
a noticeably unpleasant odour is present
on the exhaled breath.

What is the cause for Bad Breath?
Bad breath can result from poor dental health
habits and may be a sign of other health
problems. In most cases of persistent bad smell
comes from a build-up of germs (bacteria)
within the mouth. There are many possible
causes that include: certain foods you eat (garlic
and onions, in particular), alcohol or cigarettes,
poor oral hygiene, gum disease, diabetes, dry
mouth, sinus or throat infections, lung
infections, kidney/liver failure and
gastrointestinal issues.

How do I control bad breath?
It is important to practice good oral hygiene,
such as brushing and flossing your teeth at least
twice a day. Proper brushing, including brushing
the tongue, cheeks and the roof of the mouth,
will remove bacteria and food particles. Flossing
removes accumulated bacteria, plaque and food
that may be trapped between teeth. To alleviate
odours, clean your tongue with your toothbrush
or a tongue scraper, a plastic tool that scrapes
away bacteria that builds on the tongue.

What is my dentist's role?

Visit your dentist regularly, because check-ups
will help detect any physical problems. Checkups also help get rid of the plaque and bacteria
that build up on your teeth. If you think that you
suffer from bad breath, your dentist can help
determine its source.
If your dentist believes that the problem is
caused from a systemic (internal) source, such as
an infection, he or she may refer you to your
family physician or a specialist to help remedy
the cause of the problem.

Lakewood Dental Smile Ltd.
Address: 15846 Michigan Ave, Dearborn,
MI, 48126, United States.
Phone: +1 313-581-1864
Email: Info@lakewooddentalsmile.com

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