What may cause bad breath?

Morning time – Saliva flow almost stops during sleep and its reduced cleansing action allows bacteria to grow, causing bad breath. Certain foods – Garlic, onions, etc. Foods containing odour-causing compounds enter the bloodstream; they are transferred to the lungs, where they are exhaled.

  • Poor Oral Hygiene Habits – Food particles remaining in the mouth promote bacterial growth.
  • Periodontal (Gum) Disease – Colonies of bacteria and food debris residing under inflamed gums.
  • Dental Cavities and Improperly Fitted Dental Appliances – May also contribute to bad breath.
  • Dry Mouth (Xerostomia) – May be caused by certain medications, salivary gland problems, or continuous mouth breathing.
  • Tobacco Products – Dry the mouth, causing bad breath.
  • Dieting – Certain chemicals called ketones are released in the breath as the body burns fat.
  • Dehydration, Hunger, and Missed Meals – Drinking water and chewing food increases saliva flow and washes bacteria away.
  • Certain Medical Conditions and Illnesses – Diabetes, liver and kidney problems, chronic sinus infections, bronchitis, and pneumonia are several conditions that may contribute to bad breath.

Keeping a record of what you eat may help identify the cause of bad breath. Also, review your current medications, recent surgeries, or illnesses with your dentist.


Comment

No Very




Captcha Image

Is it time for a dental check-up?

We're now accepting new patients of all ages!