Causes of Bad Breath You Didn’t Know About

We all suffer from bad breath at one time or another. Whether it is a side-effect of waking up in the morning or a consequence of eating a meal containing garlic and onions, there are various causes of bad breath. Overlooking regular brushing and flossing are common reasons why someone may have halitosis, but there are other reasons people can develop bad breath that may come as a surprise.

1. Diet

High-protein, low-carb diets work in two ways to cause bad breath. Taking food that is high in protein results in large quantities of amino acids, which feed on bacteria and smell unpleasant. Low-carb diets make your body burn more fat, resulting in the development of ketones, which make your breath smell bad.

2. Medications

Over-the-counter drugs, such as aspirin, reduce the amount of saliva in the mouth. This leaves the mouth dry and creates a thriving environment for bacteria to multiply, which will end up causing bad breath.

3. Infection

Illnesses such as diabetes, kidney failure, and gastro esophageal reflux disease can cause an increase in the amount of bacteria in your mouth, which causes foul smells to be released. Tooth and gum infections can cause tissue in your mouth to break down, making it more susceptible to become dry and contain more bacteria.

4. Alcohol

Alcohol normally dehydrates the body. In turn, it dries out the mouth by slowing saliva production and increasing bacteria that creates bad breath. Drinking alcohol also interferes with the digestive system and esophagus, causing the smell of stomach acid to rise to your mouth leading to bad breath.

5. Smoking

Smoking is another likely cause of bad breath. Tobacco products cause unpleasant mouth odor and the users are more likely to get gum diseases which cause bad breath.

How To Get Rid of Bad Breath

By including a few simple habits in your routine, you can drastically reduce your chances for developing bad breath and chronic halitosis.

  • Brush your teeth daily.
  • Drink more water.
  • Treat gum disease and cavities as soon as they are noticed.
  • Visit your dentist regularly for professional teeth cleaning.

To schedule your consultation with Dr. Manfredi, call us today at (347) 318-5514. At Artista Dental Studio, we will work with you to get rid of the issue that is causing your bad breath.