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Halitosis, which is also referred to as bad breath, can be a persistent issue or just an occasional annoyance. Often, bad breath is caused by bacteria in the mouth and on the tongue. Halitosis that occurs because of this is easily remedied by brushing your teeth and tongue. However, occasionally bad breath is caused by a dental or overall health issue. Our dentist and team are happy to go over these culprits and their symptoms.

Infections in the Oral Cavity
The symptoms of a mouth infection will differ depending on the type of infection. However, they may include:

– Inflamed or swollen gums that bleed easily
– An abscess on the gums or pus between the teeth
– Loose teeth or a change in your bite
– Open sores on the gums or tongue

Dry Mouth
Signs of dry mouth include:

– Issues with swallowing dry foods
– A burning in the mouth
– Difficulty talking for a long time because of the mouth becoming dry
– Dry eyes
– An oddly high frequency of tooth decay

Respiratory Tract Infection
Symptoms can include, but are not limited to:

– Swollen glands in the neck
– Stuffy nose
– Sore throat
– Fever
– A cough that produces phlegm
– Discharge from the nose that is greenish or yellowish

Illness
Diabetes, lung disease, kidney failure, or liver disease can also contribute to halitosis. Look for the symptoms of these medical conditions.

If you suffer from bad breath, visit Dr. Greg Atwood so he can determine the underlying cause. If the cause is connected to your overall health, our dentist in Odessa, Texas, may suggest that you visit your regular doctor. We invite you to contact Atwood Family Dental at 432.337.6165 today to learn more and to schedule an appointment.