Gina Liggio Maestri, DDS

Dental Blog

What Really Causes Bad Breath?

Hannah Johnson - Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 


 

What is oral malodor?

Oral malodor, also known as halitosis or more informally known as bad breath, is very common in adults. As we all know, bad breath is treatable and can be prevented by cutting out certain foods and drinks; however, what we do not know is that bad breath can signify deeper oral health or serious medical issue.

The most common cause of bad breath is poor oral hygiene. It is important for you to not only clean your teeth but also your whole mouth. Food particles can easily get trapped in between your teeth, which creates plaque, and on the surface of your tongue and tonsils. Just like how old food that has been sitting in your refrigerator can start to stink, old food left in your mouth from poor cleaning will also start to stink-causing bad breath. Not only will leftover food particles cause bad breath, it will also cause oral health conditions such as cavities and gum disease. Keeping a consistent oral care routine of brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouth wash is the best defense against bad breath.

 

 

Some other causes of bad breath are:

Flavorful food and drink such as onions, garlic, vegetables, and spices are one of the most common causes for bad breath. The leftover food particles from those kinds of food can enter your bloodstream and get carried to the lungs. Once the food particles are in your lungs, each time you exhale the odor from the food will affect the odor of your breath. Not only will your breath stink, but once the food’s odor is in your bloodstream, the odor will also be released through your body’s pores causing body odor.

Another common cause of bad breath is coffee. Due to its strong, intense flavor and high levels of caffeine, coffee also has a direct effect on saliva production. After a strong cup of joe, the caffeine tends to hinder saliva production and less saliva means an increase in odor-causing bacteria. It’s undeniable that we all need a cup of coffee or two, or three, to get us through the day, so carry some mouth wash and drink some water after your coffee to help spark some saliva production.

Some obvious causes of bad breath are alcohol and smoking. Like coffee, an excess of alcohol consumption can result in a decrease in saliva production. As everyone may know, any type of tobacco products causes bad breath and can lead to more serious oral health issues. The damaging effects of tobacco products, such as damaged gum tissue, gum disease, and cancer, are irreversible.

Uncommon and overlooked causes of bad breath are certain diets and medication. Sugar tends to be the culprit when taking a closer look into what may be causing bad breath. High sugar diets allow sugar to interact with the existing bacteria in your mouth causing sweet flavors into bitter smells. High-protein or low-carb diets is another diet that contributes to bad breath. Not enough carbs and too much protein can affect your body’s metabolism which can lead to bad breath. A common side effect of almost all prescription medicine is dry mouth. Dry mouth means less saliva production which means bad breath. Odor-causing bacteria that lives in your mouth thrives in a dry mouth environment.

  • Brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
  • Antiseptic mouthwash
  • Brush teeth after meals
  • Brush your tongue
  • Replace your toothbrush every two to three months
  • Floss regularly
  • Regular dental check-ups
  • Keep mouth moist by drinking water, sugarless gum, or sugar-free hard candy
  • Avoid bad smelling foods
  • Natural remedies—chew on mint or parsley

Sources: https://www.listerine.com/fresh-breath/causes-bad-breath, https://www.emedicinehealth.com/bad_breath_halitosis/article_em.htm#what_are_6_home_remedies_for_bad_breath

 

 

Recent Posts


Tags


Archive

Gina Liggio Maestri, DDS Family Dentistry

Welcome

Welcome to exceptional family dentistry in Lafayette. Dr. Gina Liggio Maestri DDS and her team of dedicated dental professionals are here to provide you and your family with a level of caring clinical excellence you’ve never experienced before. From our state-of-the-art technology to our many comfort amenities, we have everything you need to feel relaxed while you enjoy gentle dentistry in Acadiana.

Read More

Find Us @

1601 Kaliste Saloom Road
Lafayette, LA 70508

337-704-2126
Get Directions
Email Us
© Gina Liggio Maestri, DDS Family Dentistry   Site By Dovetail Digital Marketing - Lafayette, Louisiana Website Design & Development