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What Causes Bad Breath?

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Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is a common problem no one wants to have. Fortunately for some people, it’s temporary, and they can address it and go on with their day. Chronic bad breath is a different story. Having this issue can lead to embarrassing moments as the individual searches for the reason. The team at Dental Solutions of Mississippi wants to identify the causes of bad breath.

Bad Breath Culprits

  • When the salivary glands don’t produce enough saliva, plaque, bacteria, food particles, and acids aren’t washed away. They remain in a dry mouth too long and break down, causing odors.
  • Medications like antihistamines, antidepressants, and high blood pressure prescriptions can cause dry mouth as a side effect, which leads to bad-smelling breath.
  • Acid reflux happens when the contents of the stomach flow backward. The acids and digesting food can cause a bad odor in the mouth.
  • Poorly fitting dentures may cause bad breath when food particles become trapped under the dentures.
  • Post-nasal drip from the sinuses, especially when the infection is present, can cause mouth odors.
  • Certain foods, such as garlic or onions, can cause bad breath after they’re digested and absorbed into the bloodstream.
  • The use of tobacco products causes the mouth to dry out and causes bad breath because of the chemical residue they leave behind.
  • When oral hygiene is poor, plaque, bacteria, and food particles build-up and breakdown. Then, the bacteria multiply, causing stinky breath.

The best way to keep it at bay is by practicing good hygiene. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day. Drink plenty of water and eat healthy balanced meals. Breath mints, alcohol-free mouthwash, or gum can be a temporary solution.

If you’re experiencing persistent bad breath, there may be an underlying medical condition. Let us know so we can help find the cause. When was your last dental visit? If you live in Canton, Mississippi, or the surrounding areas, contact our office to schedule an appointment.

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