Causes Of Bad Breath

Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is a condition that can be difficult to determine the cause of. Sure, it can be as simple as what you had for lunch, and will go away as soon as you brush your teeth, but what if you have persistent bad breath?

Here are some conditions that may be causing your halitosis:

Check Your Tongue

Odor-causing germs live on your tongue and cause bad breath. Brushing your tongue, or using a scraper should be a part of your oral hygiene routine.

That being said, there are some medical conditions that produce a film to grow on the tongue. If you clean your tongue regularly and still have a persistent coating or coloration, you should seek the help of your dentist or physician.

Bad Breath from Throat Issues

Respiratory tract infections or other throat issues like tonsillitis can cause persistent bad breath.

Stomach Problems

Intestinal issues like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) causes stomach acids to go up the esophagus and their foul odor to be expelled through the mouth.

Dehydration and Dry Mouth

Saliva keeps your mouth lubricated and flushes away food particles and germs. If you suffer from dry mouth or are dehydrated, you will likely experience halitosis.

Types of Cancers

Believe it or not, there is a screening that evaluates the odor of your breath to determine if you have certain types of lung or stomach cancer.

Gum Disease

Gum (periodontal) disease causes an overpowering odor that is very offensive. If left untreated you could lose all of your teeth. Studies have also linked gum disease to heart disease.

Getting Help With Your Bad Breath

For help figuring out what’s causing your bad breath, you can come see Dr. Amir H. Jamsheed of Encino Dental Studio. We look forward to meeting you and helping you get this issue under control.

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