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.”