Treating halitosis, also known as bad breath, begins as soon as you notice any condition that may occur. Oftentimes, bad breath is associated with foul odors coming out of your mouth. However, even though the odors may be emanating from your mouth, not all conditions of bad breath originate in your mouth. Bad breath is often an embarrassing condition because not only does it affect you, it can affect others around you. To avoid the social stigma attached to bad breath, always make sure you effectively spot and treat it whenever it begins to occur. Due to the fact that bad breath has several different causes, it is important to understand what is causing your particular case and treat both the underlying condition and the bad breath symptoms. If you have plaque buildup in your mouth due to poor oral hygiene or partake in unhealthy habits such as smoking and chewing tobacco, you will be at an increased risk for bad breath. Other common risk factors associated with bad breath include the presence of gum disease, dry mouth, or underlying issues in your body including respiratory tract infections and liver and kidney issues. No matter the halitosis prevention and treatments you are in need of, Dr. Hoang Truong and Dr. Asma Sajid and our team at Gateway Oaks Dental are here to help you in every way we can. If you would like to set up an appointment to come see us at our dentist office in Sacramento, California, please call us at 916-649-0249 to speak with a member of our team.