What Causes Bad Breath?

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Bad breath, or halitosis can be a very embarrassing problem to have, and can be an indicator of other oral health issues. The good news is that bad breath can be kept at bay by following some simple steps.

Things That Cause Bad Breath

Poor Oral Hygiene – When you neglect to brush and floss your teeth regularly, bacteria in the mouth builds up to cause your breath to smell bad. By simply brushing & flossing your teeth well everyday, you can keep your breath smelling fresh and clean.

Certain Foods – Some foods like garlic and onions contain pungent oils that can make your breath smell bad. Obviously, you can avoid having bad breath that comes from foods by not eating those things that make your breath smell. If you cannot avoid eating things like garlic and onions, be sure to brush your teeth well after eating to keep your breath fresh.

Health Problems – There are numerous health problems that can cause bad breath including sinus infections, sore throat, tonsillitis, bronchitis, diabetes, pneumonia as well as some stomach problems and liver diseases. If you do not know what is causing your bad breath, visit your family doctor for a checkup to see if you have a health problem that is causing your breath to smell.

Dry Mouth – Dry mouth, or xerostomia, can cause bad breath as there is a lack of saliva being produced to moisten and cleanse the mouth. Dry mouth can be caused by medications, mouth-breathing or from certain medical conditions. If you have dry mouth, speak to your dentist as he or she can help. There are also products on the market such as chewing gums and lozenges that work to produce more saliva.

Infections of the Mouth – Cavities, gum disease and impacted teeth can all cause bad breath. This is why it’s important to take good care of your oral health by brushing and flossing well and seeing your dentist regularly.