What Causes Bad Breath?

There are a number of reasons you might have bad breath. While many causes are harmless, bad breath can sometimes be a sign of something more serious. Continue reading to learn why this happens and what you can do about it!

Bacteria

Your mouth also acts like a natural hothouse that allows these bacteria to grow. When you eat, bacteria feed on the food left in your mouth and leaves a foul-smelling waste product behind.

Dry Mouth

Thirsty? Your mouth might not be making enough saliva. Saliva is important because it works around the clock to wash out your mouth. If you don’t have enough, your mouth isn’t being cleaned as much as it should be.

Gum Disease

Bad breath that just won’t go away or a constant bad taste in your mouth can be a warning sign of advanced gum disease, which is caused by a sticky, cavity-causing bacteria called plaque.

Food

Garlic, onions, coffee… The list of breath-offending foods is long, and what you eat affects the air you exhale.

Medical Conditions

Mouth infections can cause bad breath. However, if your dentist has ruled out other causes and you brush and floss every day, your bad breath could be the result of another problem, such as a sinus condition, gastric reflux, diabetes, liver or kidney disease.

 

Have persistent bad breath and need to get your teeth checked out? We will be happy to help! Just call 480-982-7289 to schedule an appointment today!

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