Associates of Dental Arts
Dr. Gregory Kivett

What are the causes of bad breath?

Neglecting to brush and floss your teeth every day can increase your risk of developing oral health problems and symptoms such as bad breath. If you have an infection in your mouth or are in the advanced stages of gum disease, you may notice that bad breath is even more difficult to mask with breath sprays or by brushing your teeth more often. The medical term for bad breath is halitosis. Set up a consultation with Associates of Dental Arts for bad breath treatment and a complete oral health evaluation.

Here are some of the most common causes of bad breath:

Food
Sometimes eating foods with strong odors, such as cheese, garlic, onions, coffee, and spicy foods can cause bad breath. Even though brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash after eating these foods can mask the odor for a few hours, you may still have bad breath until the food passes through your body.

Poor Oral Hygiene
If you are not brushing or flossing your teeth regularly, bacteria can grow between your teeth and around the gums and tongue. Poor oral hygiene can cause bad breath and increase your risk of developing gum disease, one of the main causes of gum recession. Talk with our team to learn more about proper oral hygiene practices.

Lifestyle Habits
Your lifestyle and daily habits may be contributing to chronic bad breath. If you are using tobacco products, you may not only have bad breath but might also experience gum irritation and notice a change in your taste buds.

Gum Disease
Not only can gum disease lead to tooth loss, but it can also cause bad breath. When you have excessive plaque and bacterial buildup around your teeth, the extra toxins in your mouth can eventually irritate the gums and break down your gum tissues and jaw bone. Having an active infection in your mouth can give you bad breath.

Other causes of halitosis include cavities, dry mouth, chronic sinus infections, and acid reflux. The team at Associates of Dental Arts can recommend a treatment plan and provide examples of lifestyle changes to help you get rid of bad breath for good.