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Have you been experiencing dragon breath? Bad breath, which is also known as halitosis, can be a real damper on your social life. If you are at a loss as to how what is causing your bad breath, never fear! Our dentist and team are excited to go over some of the causes of bad breath with you.

Food
Certain strong foods, like onions, garlic, some spices and strong cheeses, can cause bad breath. When these foods digest, they enter the bloodstream and are thus carried into the lungs. There, they can affect your breath.

Tobacco Products
Smoking and using other tobacco products (like chewing tobacco) can cause a lingering, unpleasant odor in the mouth. Those who use tobacco products can also develop gum disease, which is another source of bad breath.

Insufficient Dental Hygiene
Food particles that remain in your mouth can cause bad breath. Plaque can form on the teeth if it is not brushed away. If plaque is not brushed and flossed off of the teeth, the gums can become irritated and gum disease can arise. If the tongue is not brushed, bacteria can gather that causes bad breath.

Mouth, Nose or Throat Conditions
Bad breath can be caused by infections in the mouth, like gum disease and mouth sores. Halitosis can also be caused by mouth, nose and throat conditions like inflammation in these areas and tonsil stones.

We invite you to contact Brenner Dental of Park Slope today to learn more and to schedule a visit with Dr. Leonard Brenner, our dentist in Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York.