What Causes Halitosis? (Bad Breath)

When it comes to bad breath, it’s fairly common to experience an unpleasant odor, especially in the morning or after eating a particular food. Yet, when bad breath is long lasting and persistent, it may be a strong indicator of something serious. Did you know? Bad breath is a real medical condition called Halitosis, and is caused by a number of sources.

In some cases, bad breath can be easily explained. For instance, the body produces more saliva during the day. Saliva plays an important role of removing and washing away bacteria, including foods and odors. Even so, saliva production decreases dramatically at night. When the mouth is dry, dead cells sit on the tongue as well as other soft tissues in the mouth. An odor is created when bacteria uses these cells for food. The result is “morning mouth,” an unpleasant odor due to changes in the mouth during sleep.

Other common causes of bad breath include:

  • Poor Dental Hygiene: When food particles are not removed from the mouth effectively through brushing and flossing, they begin to decay. With time, early stage gum disease will begin (Gingivitis), causing bad breath.
  • Respiratory Tract Infections: Sinus, Throat, and even lung infections can cause bad breath.
  • Mouth Infections: A cavity that hasn’t been treated, as well as periodontal (gum) disease may result in bad breath.
  • Dry Mouth (Xerostomia): Dry Mouth may be caused by salivary gland problems, medication, or breathing through the mouth.
  • Illness or Disease: Diabetes, kidney disease, liver disease, lung disease, and acid reflux (GERD) cause bad breath.

How Can My Dentist Help?

The good news concerning bad breath is that dentists are fully equipped to help combat its damaging (and embarrassing) effects. Special consideration of a patient’s health history (both oral and overall health) is paramount.

Dedicated to comprehensive and thorough dental care, Seneca Family Dentistry welcomes you to our practice today. We understand that bad breath is disruptive, and can dramatically impact an individual’s self esteem. With treatments consisting of special mouthwash to deep cleanings and gum disease therapy, rest assured—there is an effective treatment for your bad breath. Call Seneca Family Dentistry today.

Posted on behalf of Seneca Family Dentistry


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