What Causes Bad Breath?
Halitosis, commonly refer to as bad breath are usually caused by the build up of bacteria in the mouth. However, it can also be caused by other systemic health problems such as gastroenterological, diabetes, and other medical disorder. If you suspect you might have a systemic cause, it is best to consult with your primary physician.
There are many products like mints, gum, dissolvable strips, and spray that are out there to help with bad breath. But instead of masking bad breath, Dr. Tam wants to help you learn about the root causes and how you can treat it. The benefits are not only that you get to have fresher breath but also overall a healthier self.
Some common causes of Halitosis are:
- Poor Oral Hygiene: Brushing and flossing at least 2x per day will help reduce the bacteria that is responsible for the odorous bad smell. Good oral hygiene will make all the difference, remember to brush your tongue as well!
- Gum Disease: Medically called Periodontal disease is caused by the long term build up of bacteria, that can lead to tooth mobility and loss if untreated. Regular professional teeth cleanings and checkups will help you prevent periodontal disease.
- Certain Foods: Some foods such as garlic, onions, cheese, soda, and foods with strong tastes or odors can be the source of bad breath.
- Tobacco: They can cause bad breath, gum disease, and other diseases. We can provide assistance in helping you quit and give you more information
- Cavities: The bacteria and food trapped in your cavities also cause a bad odor.
- Dry Mouth: Xerostomia (dry mouth) can cause bad breath. The lack of saliva decrease the ability to wash away dead cells, food that decompose in the mouth. Some medications will cause dry mouth, ask your doctor.
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