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(halitosis) can be caused by many things. It may be
the result of odor-causing foods, tooth decay,
periodontal (gum) disease, continued mouth dryness,
use of tobacco products, sinus or respiratory
infections, some medical disorders, inadequate oral
hygiene or some medications. Your dentist can help
identify the cause and, if it's due to an oral
condition, can develop a treatment plan to eliminate
this common source of embarrassment.
What Causes Bad
What you eat affects the air you
exhale. Certain foods, such as garlic and onions,
contribute to objectionable breath odor. Once the
food is absorbed into the bloodstream, it is
transferred to the lungs, where it is expelled.
Brushing, flossing and mouthwash will only mask the
odor temporarily. Odors continue until the body
eliminates the food. Dieters may develop unpleasant
breath from infrequent eating.
If you don't brush and floss
daily, particles of food remain in the mouth,
collecting bacteria, which can cause bad breath.
Food that collects between the teeth, on the tongue
and around the gums can rot, leaving an unpleasant
odor. Dentures that are not cleaned properly can
also harbor odor-causing bacteria and food
One of the warning signs of
periodontal (gum) disease is persistent bad
breath or a bad taste in the mouth. Periodontal
disease is caused by plaque, the sticky, colorless
film of bacteria that constantly forms on teeth. The
bacteria create toxins that irritate the gums. In
the advanced stage of the disease, the gums, bone
and other structures that support the teeth become
damaged. With regular dental checkups, your dentist
can detect and treat periodontal disease early.
Bad breath is also caused by dry
mouth (xerostomia), which occurs when the flow of
saliva decreases. Saliva is necessary to cleanse the
mouth and remove particles that may cause odor. Dry
mouth may be caused by various medications, salivary
gland problems or continuously breathing through the
mouth. If you suffer from dry mouth, your dentist
may prescribe an
artificial saliva, or suggest using sugarless
candy and increasing your fluid intake.
Tobacco products cause bad breath,
stain teeth, reduce one's ability to taste foods, and
irritate gum tissues. Tobacco users are more likely
to suffer from periodontal disease and are at
greater risk for developing oral cancer. If you use
tobacco, ask your dentist for tips on kicking the
Bad breath may be the sign of a
medical disorder, such as a local infection in the
respiratory tract (nose throat, windpipe, lungs),
chronic sinusitis, postnasal drip, chronic
bronchitis, diabetes, gastrointestinal disturbance,
or liver or kidney ailments. If your dentist determines
that your mouth is healthy, you may be referred to
your family doctor or a specialist to determine the
cause of bad breath.
Bad Breath & Caring for Your Smile
periodontal disease and maintaining good oral
health is essential to reducing bad breath. Schedule
regular dental visits for a professional cleaning
and checkup. If you think you have constant bad
breath, keep a log of the foods you eat and make a
list of medications you take. Some medications may
play a role in creating mouth odors. Let your
dentist know if you've had any surgery or illness
since your last appointment.
Brush twice a day with a fluoride
toothpaste to remove food debris and plaque. Brush
your tongue, too. Once a day, use floss or an
interdental cleaner to clean between teeth. If you
wear removable dentures, take them out at night.
Clean them thoroughly before replacing them the next
Mouthwashes are generally cosmetic
and do not have a long-lasting effect on bad breath.
If you must constantly use a breath freshener to
hide unpleasant mouth odor, see your dentist. If you
need extra help in controlling plaque, your dentist
may recommend using a special antimicrobial
mouthrinse. A fluoride mouth rinse, used along with
brushing and flossing, can help prevent tooth decay.
Bad breath (halitosis) can
be caused by many things. It may be the result of
odor-causing foods, tooth decay, periodontal (gum)
disease, continued mouth dryness, use of tobacco
products, sinus or respiratory infections, some
medical disorders, inadequate oral hygiene or some
medications. Your dentist can help identify the
cause and, if it's due to an oral condition, can
develop a treatment plan to eliminate this common
source of embarrassment.