Bad breath (halitosis) may be a caused by eating habits, unhealthy lifestyle, poor dental care or more serious dental/health concerns.
Bad Breath and Eating Habits
All of the foods we eat start to be broken down in the mouth. When they are digested, they are absorbed in the bloodstream, carried to the lungs and exhaled as we breath. Obviously eating strong scented food such as onions or garlic will affect your breath. Brushing, flossing and mouth wash simply cover up the odors until the foods are completely out of our bodies. For tips to improve your breath, click here.
Bad Breath, Unhealthy Lifestyle, and Poor Dental Care
People that smoke or chew tobacco stain their teeth and leave their breath smelling a foul odor. Poor dental hygiene can also cause bad breath. If you don’t brush and floss regularly, food particles remaining in your mouth promote bacteria growth that leads to halitosis.
Bad Breath and Dental/Health Problems
If you have persistent halitosis, you may have or be developing gum (periodontal) disease as a result of plaque buildup. Poorly maintained dental appliances such as dentures also carry bacterial and cause bad breath. If you are taking medications, have salivary difficulties or breathing disorders that leave your mouth dry, you may experience bad breath. Because you mouth requires adequate quantities of saliva to cleanse and neutralize acids, dry mouth prevents dead cells from being washed away, which in-turn, leads to bad breath.
A number of illnesses and diseases lead to bad breath. Therefore, bad breath is often an indicator of illness. These include bronchitis, pneumonia, chronic sinus infections, acid reflux, diabetes and liver illnesses.
If you have chronic bad breath, you need to come see your dentist. The dentist will address any dental concerns that may be causing the bad breath. If he or she determines that your bad breath is not being caused by an oral condition, you may be referred to your family doctor or a medical specialist that can pinpoint your halitosis problem.
Preventing Bad Breath
Short of disease prevention, there are a number of techniques that can reduce, prevent or eliminate bad breath. Click here for details.