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Are you aware that halitosis, also known as bad breath, could be an early indication of a greater problem, such as gum disease or periodontal disease? Problems with your sinuses, nasal passages, liver and kidneys can also contribute to bad breath.

If you do not brush and floss on a daily basis, you put yourself at an increased risk of bad breath. The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth twice daily, floss at least once a day, and brush your tongue to help reduce the bacteria and plaque your mouth. For additional support, a mouthwash or rinse after meals can help eliminate harmful acids and further reduce plaque buildup.

Another common contributor of bad breath is periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is caused by an infection of the gum tissue in your mouth. If your gums are red, swollen, bleeding, or extra sensitive, you may have gum disease.

If you are concerned about bad breath or the some of the underlying causes, the staff at Advanced Dental Care in Burlington, Massachusetts, is here to assist you. For a complete diagnosis and treatment, please call 781-272-2875 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Christopher McGonigle.