What Bad Breath Could Indicate about Your Health
Bad breath is more than just a source of social embarrassment; it can indicate a real problem with your health. Patients with chronic bad breath may be suffering from a medical problem that extends beyond lack of oral hygiene. If you have chronic bad breath, it is important to schedule a visit with your Northridge dentist to have it checked.
The ancient Greeks believed that your breath was an indicator of the state of your general health. Modern medical researchers are discovering that, in many cases, these ancient physicians were correct. Bad breath may indicate a number of oral and general health issues, such as dry mouth, liver disease, and lung disease.
The first place to begin when you notice that you have bad breath is your oral hygiene. Although most people are aware that they should brush their teeth twice per day and floss at least once per day, many people are not as vigilant about their oral hygiene as they should be. If you find yourself collapsing in bed at the end of a long day instead of brushing, this may be the source of your problem.
However, if your oral hygiene is not the issue, it is time to call Smiles LA to schedule an appointment with Dr. Elyson or Dr. Assili to have an examination. Our dentists will work with you to determine if an oral health condition, such as chronic dry mouth or tooth decay is the cause of your bad breath, as well as to remedy that problem. Alternatively, they can rule out these problems and refer you to your general practitioner for further evaluations.
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