What Causes Bad Breath?

Bad breath (halitosis) can be very embarrassing and people who suffer from the condition often struggle with self-esteem issues. Ironically, it is not always the sufferer’s fault and some health conditions are common causes of halitosis.

  1. Dry mouth

  2. This condition is known as xerostomia and it affects the production of saliva. Saliva acts as a cleansing agent for the mouth, removing leftover particles. If the mouth doesn’t produce enough of it, the particles stay in the mouth, causing a bad smell.

  3. Infections

  4. People who have had oral surgery in the past may also suffer from halitosis as infections may fester around the surgical wound. Canker sores, gum infection, and tooth decay also cause bad breath.

  5. Nose, mouth, or throat conditions

  6. Some nose, mouth, and throat conditions contribute to bad breath. Infection of the nose, sinus, or throat; as well as tonsil stones, may cause a bad smell in the mouth.

  7. Tobacco

  8. Tobacco and tobacco-based products (like cigars, cigarettes, and pipes) cause bad odors. Habitual smokers are also at risk of gum disease and tooth decay, and these conditions are well-known causes of bad breath.

  9. Poor dental hygiene

Of course, people that don’t observe good dental hygiene are also at risk of halitosis. Food particles aggregate in the mouth, causing a bad smell. This also leads to the formation of plaque and tartar, increasing their risk of gum disease and tooth decay.

If you observe good dental hygiene and still suffer from bad breath, visit a dentist and get a professional diagnosis. If you live/work in Texas, visit Pearl Shine Dental Clinic in Houston. Call 281-477-7200 now to make an appointment.

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