Health Tip: What's Behind Bad Breath?

(HealthDay News) -- Bad breath, also known as halitosis, should be evaluated by a dentist to determine a possible cause and treatment.

The American Dental Association says potential causes include:

  • Eating potent food, such as garlic or onions.

  • Dieting excessively or not eating enough.

  • Not brushing or flossing regularly to remove food particles from the teeth and gums.

  • Having gum disease.

  • Having insufficient saliva to help wash away food particles.

  • Smoking or chewing tobacco.

  • Having a medical condition, such as liver or kidney problems, a lung infection, diabetes or bronchitis.

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