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Halitosis, more commonly known as bad breath, is a common problem and comes with a considerable amount of psychological distress. Dr. Brooks in Oklahoma City, OK says that anyone can suffer from bad breath, and that all of them are treatable. He cites three main causes:

Your Tongue

If you are brushing your teeth twice daily but neglecting your tongue, chances are that you will still experience halitosis or bad breath. The tongue is capable of hiding food particles and bacteria that, if not properly cleaned, will begin to smell and form plaque.

Wisdom Teeth

If you haven’t had your wisdom teeth removed yet, it’s possible they are the cause of your stinky breath. Bacteria survive in moist and warm areas in the mouth and an impacted wisdom tooth makes an ideal home for them. This can lead to decay and infections resulting in a sudden change to extremely bad breath. If you notice that your breath has suddenly taken a serious turn for the worse, schedule an appointment with Dr. Brooks to find out if you have an impacted tooth creating the issue.

Tooth Decay

Poor dental hygiene allows food particles to remain lodged in between your teeth and under your gum line, creating the perfect environment for bacteria to grow and thrive. Unaddressed, that bacteria will begin to eat away at your tooth enamel and cause decay and cavities. Symptoms of tooth decay include pain, sensitivity, and very bad breath even after brushing. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, give Dr. Brooks a call today so he and his Oklahoma City team can ensure your smile AND your breath return to their best and healthiest state.

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