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Halitosis is common in many individuals, but its causes and symptoms are not always the same with everybody. Although halitosis, also known as gum disease, may simply be the result of smelly foods, if it continually occurs, it may be the sign of something more serious, including underlying conditions outside of the mouth entirely.

One such cause of bad breath is a respiratory tract infection. Typically, the odors from respiratory tract infections will find their way into your mouth and thus lead to a potential misdiagnosis. Bad breath may even be caused by liver and kidney issues deep within the body.

Typically, facial ailments that lead to bad breath including periodontal disease, or plaque buildup. Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an illness within your mouth as the result of gum tissue infection. Plaque buildup may also be the cause of bad breath, but most of its symptoms can be handled with brushing, flossing, and the use of mouthwash. Be mindful of various medications you are taking, as they can also cause bad breath as a side effect of dry mouth.

If you are showing signs of bad breath, come visit Steven Rattner DDS for treatment today. With the helpful support of Dr. Steven Rattner and our wonderful team at our dentist office in College Park, Maryland, we can restore your smile to its former glory. To schedule an appointment, call us at 301-474-8277. Visit us today, and your smile will thank you!