Common Causes of Bad Breath

Having bad breath can be so embarrassing and can hinder your social life. Things like gum, mouthwash, mints, and other products to counteract bad breath 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?

Infections in the mouth from things like 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 foul odors. If you have dry mouth, the saliva flow is lessened, so bad breath can result. “Morning breath” occurs because dry mouth is a natural occurrence during sleep.

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

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

Poor Dental Hygiene
Neglecting to brush and floss daily 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. Furthermore, poor dental hygiene can lead to gum disease, which can also cause bad breath.

Contact Angel Dentistry today at 602-788-2008 to learn more about the causes of bad breath and to set up your next appointment with Dr. Amber Angel. Our dentist and team in Phoenix, Arizona, look forward to serving you!

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