Bad breath, referred to as halitosis when it becomes a medical problem, can be caused by poor oral care and a multitude of other health concerns. If you notice lingering bad breath that you can’t seem to get rid of, it’s important to talk to your dentist to scratch out some possible causes. We’ve got a few of the most common causes and how to remedy them.
- Gum Disease: Bad breath can sometimes be a warning sign of building gum disease. Gum disease like gingivitis and periodontal disease is caused by excessive plaque buildup in the mouth, causing toxins that irritate the gums. If you noticed bad breath coupled with sore or inflamed gums, it’s probably a sign that you need to see a dentist to get your possible gum disease under control.
- Dry Mouth: Saliva is vital to a clean, healthy mouth. It helps keep the mouth hydrated and neutralizes acids produced by plaque as well as keeping particles off the tongue, cheeks and gums. When there’s a lack of salivation and these particles remain, it can cause bad breath. Dry mouth can be a side effect of various medications or a sign of further health issues. Always consult a dentist or doctor about chronic dry mouth.
- Poor Dental Hygiene: As obvious as it may seem, not taking proper care of your mouth can cause bad breath. No brushing and flossing daily allows food particles to sit in your mouth and decompose, causing bad breath. This can lead to more serious oral diseases and decomposition, so be sure to always brush and floss daily.
- Tobacco: Smoking causes its very own odor, and typically it’s not pleasant. Gum disease is also more common in those who smoke, which can also cause bad breath.
- Mouth Infections: Various infections of the mouth including surgical wounds or tooth removals can cause bad breath while healing or if they do not heal properly. If bad breath is apparent after some trauma to your mouth, have it checked out by a dentist.
If you recognize bad breath and think it may be due to oral health issues, contact your dentist. At Greenspoint Dental, we’re happy to help with any oral issues you may experiencing. Contact us today to make an appointment.