Having a dental problem? Our doctors make time for our patients 614.451.1110
3600 Olentangy River Rd.
Columbus, OH 43214
Olentangy Map

Causes of Bad Breath

Posted on July 31st, by Schumacher Bauer in Oral Health Tips. Comments Off on Causes of Bad Breath

Causes of Bad Breath

We’ve all had bad breath before, and we all know how embarrassing it can be. But what causes it? It’s not always just the garlic bread you ate for lunch. Bad breath, also referred to as halitosis, can be caused by a number of different factors:

  • Food: There are the usual culprits, like garlic and onions, but just about any food can cause bad breath. Bits of food can find their way between our teeth or in other hard to reach areas in our mouth and end up collecting bacteria, which results in bad breath. Regular brushing and drinking plenty of water will make sure food particles don’t remain in your mouth for too long.

  • Gum disease: Halitosis is one of the many symptoms of gum disease, which is caused by plaque. Make sure you are getting your teeth cleaned regularly and taking proper care of your teeth and gums between visits.

  • Dry Mouth: Dry mouth can occur for any number of reasons, including certain medications or excessive breathing through the mouth. The saliva that normally helps clean food particles away is not there to do its job. If you suffer from dry mouth, be sure to talk to us about it on your next visit!

  • Smoking and Tobacco: Tobacco is detrimental to your overall oral health, which includes causing bad breath. Tobacco users are more likely to suffer from gum disease, which also contributes to halitosis issues. The best way to avoid all the complications that come with smoking and other tobacco usage is to kick the habit completely.

  • Certain Medical Conditions: Sinus or lung infections, bronchitis, diabetes, and some liver or kidney diseases may be associated with bad breath.

If you struggle with bad breath, be sure to make an appointment with us so that we can help. Remember that bad breath can most effectively be prevented by having regular cleanings and maintaining good oral hygiene habits between dentist visits.

Source: Mouthhealthy.org. “Halitosis.”

Comments are closed.

News and Tips from Schumacher & Bauer, DDS

Catch up on news from Schumacher & Bauer, DDS, and get to know our talented team. We're also happy to share general health tips to help you feel your very best. We're proud you've chosen Schumacher & Bauer, DDS, to be a part of your health and wellness plan.

Teeth discoloration and ways to whiten

During our everyday conversations about tooth discoloration, we’re usually referring to what has a “staining” effect on teeth. These are the things we see...

Teeth grinding and general health

In our last blog post we talked about sensitive teeth and the various foods and habits that could lead to that common discomfort. This...

Causes and concerns of sensitive teeth

Have you ever winced after taking a drink of something that was particularly cold? Maybe you get a little shock when ice cream hits...