What's Causing My Bad Breath?

Do you or someone you know experience bad breath? We know it can be unpleasant and make you feel uncomfortable and self-conscious. And we are not talking just about those moments when you eat too much garlic or onion. Sometimes a person experiences a long-term bad breath that can actually affect their lives. 

Bad breath, when it becomes chronic, is medically known as halitosis. If it happens on specific occasions due to the foods we ingest, there is no need to worry. But when someone experiences it daily, it can be a sign of underlying health issues. In that case, the best you can do is visit your dentist in Rothschild and determine the cause of halitosis and start an adequate treatment for it. 

What Are the Causes for My Bad Breath?

As we said, bad breath can happen after eating certain foods, but it can also come as a result of poor oral hygiene. Let’s explore the different causes of bad breath.

Poor Oral Hygiene 

This is one of the most common causes of bad breath. Food particles that remain in our mouth enable bacteria growth as they will feed on them and multiply.

Bacteria not only create bad breath but can also cause cavities and gum disease. 

Dry Mouth 

The saliva our mouths produce it’s like a self-cleaning mechanism. When we experience dry mouth, there is not enough saliva to clean the bacteria away. Dry mouth can also be caused by certain medications or smoking.

Gum Disease 

Gingivitis and periodontitis are a result of not brushing and flossing daily. The plaque buildup affects your teeth and gums, and causes halitosis. 

Gastrointestinal Problems 

Digestive disorders such as reflux can cause bad breath. Acid reflux is when undigested foods and stomach acid travel back up into the esophagus, causing bad breath.


If you have a nose infection, throat, or lungs infection, you can also experience bad breath. 

Tonsil Stones 

This happens when food gets stuck in the tonsils found at the back of the mouth. Sometimes calcium can form and grow into tonsil stones and cause halitosis.


Diabetes can increase the chances to develop gum disease, which leads to having bad breath. 

Final Thoughts

As you can see, bad breath can be a consequence of minor to major health issues and lifestyle habits. Start with a proper oral hygiene routine and if it persists make an appointment with your dentist and doctor. 

Skutak Dental offers excellent dental care for the entire family. We offer personalized care with a focus on making you feel like you are part of a family.

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