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Bad breath, which is also known as halitosis, is not something to ignore. Halitosis can be caused by factors like poor dental hygiene, a health problem, or your choice in foods. Steps can be taken to prevent and treat bad breath, both at home and with the help of our dentists.

Foods and beverages can cause halitosis because they are absorbed into the bloodstream and move into the lungs, affecting the air that is exhaled. The bad breath will last until the offending food is no longer in your body. Foods and beverages that often cause bad breath include:

  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Cheese
  • Pastrami
  • Certain spices
  • Orange juice
  • Soda
  • Alcohol

Those who diet and do not eat frequently enough may also have bad breath. Those with dry mouth may also suffer from halitosis. This is because saliva is needed to cleanse the mouth. When a person does not clean their teeth, gums, and tongue thoroughly each day, bad breath may occur because of bits of rotting food and the growth of bacteria in the mouth. Gingivitis, or inflammation of the gums, can also cause halitosis. Bad breath may be caused by an underlying health problem, such as:

  • Sinus infection
  • Chronic lung infection
  • Liver or kidney disease
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Diabetes

If you are suffering from halitosis, ask our dentists about treatments for bad breath in Iowa. Our dentists can diagnose and treat halitosis causes like gum disease and dry mouth. If needed, they will refer you to your doctor to see if an underlying health problem is causing the issue. We encourage you to contact Lifepoint Dental Partners today to learn more and to schedule an appointment.

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  • Ames
  • Cedar Rapids
  • Des Moines

Ames Location

137 Lynn Ave.
Ames, IA 50014

515.292.7262

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Cedar Rapids Location

2335 Blairs Ferry Rd. NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

319.378.4100

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Des Moines Location

3311 SW 9th St. #200
Des Moines, IA 50315

515.243.7641

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