What Causes Bad Breath?

Bad breath, we all know what it is and we’ve all been embarrassed by our own from time to time. But what causes it?  Understanding what causes it can help you prevent it. Here are some reasons as to why we all get it:

  • Food. Some of the foods we eat can give us temporary bad breath. Garlic, onions, coffee, spicy or fragrant foods can leave your mouth less than fresh. Brush your teeth, chew sugar-free gum, or use mouthwash to get rid of it. 
  • Tobacco. Smoking and chewing tobacco can not only give you bad breath but it can give you oral cancers, stain your teeth and irritate your gums.
  • Dental issues. Bad breath can be caused by gum disease or cavities. Crowded teeth or ill-fitting dental appliances can also cause foul smelling breath. 
  • Bacteria. If you are not properly brushing, flossing or ignoring visits to the dentist, bacteria isn’t being removed from the mouth. Build up of sticky bacteria can be foul smelling. Make sure you are brushing twice a day and flossing daily. Do not ignore your bi yearly dental check ups and cleaning. 
  • Dry mouth. Lack of saliva creates dry mouth, which may be a side effect of medications, smoking, or mouth breathing. Talk to your dentist about remedies. 
  • Disease. Sinus infections, tonsillitis, respiratory issues and even diabetes can result in foul breath. Your doctor may prescribe medication for these conditions.
In order to address bad breath, you need to understand what is causing it. The best way to find out the underlying reason for foul smelling breath is being honest with your dentist and doctor. It can be avoided. Contact Rancho Dental today!