What’s Causing My Bad Breath?

Jul 10, 2013

Bad breath (professionally known as “Halitosis”) isn’t commonly thought of as a disorder falling under the jurisdiction of dental health issues, but bad breath strikes many of people each year. Some of the underlying causes stem from many issues that are important and significant to dental health. Below, we’ve listed some of the potential causes of bad breath:

Causes of Bad Breath

  • Dietary Habits — What you eat can have a significant impact on the possibility of bad breath. If you frequently eat foods that give off strong odors such as garlic or onions, these foods when digested pass into the bloodstream and to the lungs where they will be released on your breath. This means that even if you brush or use mouthwash the odor is only temporarily masked and won’t truly disappear until the food has been passed out of the bloodstream. Cutting down on foods with strong odors may alleviate your bad breath problem.

  • Oral Hygiene Habits — Brushing and flossing are usually thought of us as preventative against the spread of cavities, but they also help prevent the buildup of bad breath too. If you neglect to brush and floss, then food particles persist in your mouth and odor-causing bacteria will begin to spread. By practicing regular oral hygiene you remove any food and deter the spread of these bad breath causing bacteria.

  • Smoking & Tobacco Use — In addition to a plethora of other negative effects on your teeth, tobacco use can cause bad breath for frequent smokers and users.

  • Dry Mouth — If you have a persistent problem with dry mouth it may be causing bad breath for you. Regular saliva production functions to clean out the mouth and neutralize any acidic bacteria — including the aforementioned odor-causing ones. If you find yourself suffering from dry mouth, your breath might not be so hot either.

If you have any questions about bad breath, how you can treat it or would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jahangiri, you can contact Noble Smile Family & Cosmetic Dentistry at your earliest convenience on our website.