Common Causes for Bad Breath

bad-breathBad breath can have several negative effects on your quality of life. Not only can it be embarrassing, but it can also be a warning sign of more serious health issues. Understanding the cause of bad breath and how to fight it, can quickly get your mouth feeling as good as new. Here are a few of the sources of halitosis.

Poor Hygiene
We all know that skipping regular brushing and flossing is hard on our teeth, but it is also a main cause of bad breath. When food particles remain on the surfaces of your mouth, the bacteria that then forms carries a bad odor.

Dry Mouth
If you suffer from dry mouth disease then limited saliva in the mouth will not be able to wash way food particles leading to accumulation of excess bacteria and unpleasant smell from the mouth.

Tobacco Use
Not limited to smoking, any use of tobacco can lead to bad breath. Oral tobacco can leave particles on the mouth’s surface just like cigarettes. Also, the scent of cigarette smoke can stay in the lungs for several hours, making the breath stale. Tobacco also dries out the palate and contributes to tooth decay and gum disease, again, causing unpleasant breath.

Mouth Infections
Sometimes bad breath can also be a sign of illnesses elsewhere in the body like throat and respiratory tract or existence of liver and kidney disease or even diabetes. If your dentist is not able to find any dental reason for the bad breath in your mouth then you have to get yourself tested by general physician for other illness that may be the root cause to your problem.

How To Freshen Your Breath

• Good oral hygiene is the most obvious method to fight bad breath. Brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste followed by flossing will keep the bacteria in your mouth to a minimum.

• Mouthwashes that contain cetylpyridinium chloride can also cut down the smells of halitosis.

• Drinking plenty of water will also promote saliva production and remove particles from the surfaces of your mouth.

Contact Us
If you have recurring bad breath or are struggling with a difficult case of halitosis, we can help you identify the cause. Call us at 203-487-5577 to schedule a consultation.

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