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Bad breath stinks. Literally! (*Crickets chirping*) Did you know that stinky breath can come from more than just anchovies? Rancid breath also comes 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 gum disease, pockets of bacteria in your gums are chomping away your teeth, and they may also be causing rancid breath. And because those pockets can be difficult to get to, cleaning them out will require help.

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

-Dry mouth is another sickness that puts you at risk for halitosis. Saliva in the oral cavity washes out debris and harmful bacteria, and it also breaks down food, making lodged debris less likely to occur. Without spit (and all of its benefits), bacteria become more prevalent in the oral cavity and bad breath is practically inevitable. (Medications and some medical conditions can contribute to dry mouth; if you’re unsure whether you might have dry mouth, please speak with us at your next appointment.)

Smoking, drug use, reflux, kidney disease and diabetes may also lead to halitosis. If brushing twice a day and flossing once per day aren’t helping with your bad breath, you may have halitosis. Please contact us at 203.729.0563 to pencil in your next appointment with our dentist in Naugatuck, Connecticut, Dr. Henry Danziger, and we’ll help you defeat bad breath for good.