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Bad Breath, Bleeding Gums & Dental Problems

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(KPRC) Bad breath and bleeding gums are just a couple of complaints that can reveal an unhealthy mouth.

Bad breath may seem like a harmless offense, but dentist Dr. Shalin Patel says the smell could be telling. Infection can hide under the gums where you cannot reach and will not go away unless you address the problem.

"If there's bacteria under the gum, it doesn't matter how much gum or how much mint you chew, the bad breath is going to continue constantly," Patel says. "It's important that the cleaning is actually done to address it. There could be bacteria, anything else throughout the mouth that we can address. We can do a full mouth exam, we can look at the cheeks and make sure there's no other causes that are taking place at that point."

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