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As all of us struggle with bad breath or halitosis from time to time, being aware of the common causes listed below can help.

Food
Most people know that strong-smelling foods like onions, garlic and coffee can cause bad breath, but it may surprise you to know that diet sodas can also contribute. Sugary foods also contribute by causing tooth decay that can cause a foul smell as sugar rots. Brushing your teeth after eating or drinking can help avoid the odor associated with these foods.

Dieting
Certain types of diets that require a lower carbohydrate intake can lead to bad breath. When the body burns fat for energy instead of carbohydrates it produces ketones that cause a foul smell.

Tobacco
Whether you smoke or use chewing tobacco, you are aware that tobacco has a strong smell itself, but it can also cause damage to your gums that can lead to halitosis and gum disease.

Poor Health
If you have exhausted all options, there may be a more serious problem. You may want to follow up with your doctor and rule out any infections or stomach problems that can cause bad breath.

Regular cleanings are always important, please call M. W. McConnell, DDS at 937-912-0101 in Beavercreek, Ohio, and schedule a cleaning and exam. Our doctor, Dr. M. W. McConnell, can discuss prevention methods with you.