Common causes of bad breath
If you are plagued with bad breath, otherwise known as chronic halitosis, it can be a real nuisance. You’ll find yourself always in search of a mint or a stick of gum to refresh your mouth, running off to the bathroom to brush your teeth when someone else has been offended.
While powerful breath can be annoying, it’s important to realize bad breath could be an indicator of a more serious, underlying problem.
Where does bad breath come from?
Having bad breath after a spicy meal or a dish that is filled with onions is completely normal. However, when bad breath haunts you all of the time, it is important to look for the source of your condition. If it is dental in nature, you can do something about it. Common causes of bad breath include:
- Eating foods that will emit an odour until digested, such as garlic and onion
- Poor dental hygiene
- Gum disease
- Dry mouth
- Chronic nasal and respiratory infections
- Acid reflux issues
- Problems involving the kidney and liver
Let’s tackle gum disease
Very often bad breath is caused by poor dental hygiene, such as lack of daily flossing and brushing. The traces of food that are left in your teeth are the culprit. When debris is left behind, bacteria builds up leading to tooth decay and gum disease. If gum disease is not addressed, it can lead to tooth loss and deterioration of the jaw bones.
When oral hygiene is to blame for your bad breath, the damage can healed. Take proper care of your teeth, use antibacterial mouth wash, and maintain regular dental visits to take care of any other dental issues that are causing the problem.
If the cause of your bad breath is oral health, the dentist’s office is a good place to begin to look for treatment. However, once dental hygiene issues have been ruled out, be sure to seek further medical advice. You may have an underlying health condition that needs to be resolved.
If you have any questions about your oral health, please don’t hesitate to ask them. The only bad questions are the ones you don’t ask.