Common Causes of Halitosis

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Having bad breath can be so embarrassing and can hinder your social life. You may try using gum, mouthwash, mints, and other products to counteract bad breath, but these are only temporary solutions. A better solution is to counteract the underlying cause of bad breath, which is also called halitosis. So, what are the causes of bad breath?

Certain Foods
Some foods, like onions, some spices, and garlic, can cause bad breath. After these foods are digested, they enter the bloodstream and are carried to the lungs, thus affecting your breath.

Infections in the mouth from tooth decay, gum disease, or mouth sores can cause halitosis.

Dry Mouth
Saliva helps to clean your mouth. Saliva flow removes bacteria and food particles that can cause unpleasant odors. If you have dry mouth, the saliva flow is decreased, so bad breath can result. “Morning breath” occurs because dry mouth is a natural occurrence during sleep.

Some Medications
Unfortunately, some medicines can cause or worsen dry mouth. Because of this, they can indirectly cause bad breath.

Tobacco Products
Those who smoke or chew tobacco often have a residual tobacco scent on their breath as well as the buildup of odor-causing bacteria inside the mouth.

Poor Dental Hygiene
Neglecting to brush and floss every day means that food particles are allowed to stay in your mouth, thus causing bad breath. The tongue can trap odor-causing bacteria if it is not cleaned. In addition, poor dental hygiene can lead to gum disease, which can also cause bad breath.

We invite you to contact us today at 503-649-7011 to learn more about the causes of bad breath and to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Valerie Foster. Our dentist and team in Aloha, Oregon, look forward to serving you!