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Have you ever heard of halitosis? Even if the term itself does not seem familiar, you probably have heard of it. In fact, you have probably experienced the symptoms as well. Halitosis refers to bad breath. Although bad breath is commonly caused by elements within your mouth, underlying conditions within your body can also be the cause of foul odors emanating from your mouth.

Although mouthwash is a highly effective treatment for treating bad breath, it’s important for us to determine where your bad breath symptoms are coming from. If your bad breath is being caused by bacteria or plaque buildup in your mouth, mouthwash is extremely helpful for washing and rinsing away the debris. However, bad breath may also be caused by periodontal disease, also commonly referred to as gum disease. If this is the case, mouthwash will not be enough, as bad breath will remain as long as the gum disease continues to affect your mouth.

Underlying conditions and elements within your body are also known to produce bad breath as a symptom. This includes liver and kidney problems as well as respiratory tract infections. If you are suffering from any of these ailments, bad breath may also arise. Furthermore, common medications have also been known to produce dry mouth symptoms, which increase your risk for gum disease and consequently, bad breath.

If you would like to schedule an oral examination or would like a comprehensive oral exam from Dr. Seth Rush and our team at our periodontic office in Kansas City, Missouri, please give us a call at 816-444-8822. We look forward to seeing you soon!