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What Causes Bad Breath?

January 14, 2021
Posted By: Dr. Paul Trembath
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A question your Mount Gravatt, QLD dentist is often asked is: 'Why do I have bad breath'?

There could be a few reasons why you have bad breath (also known as Halitosis).

Common Reasons for Bad Breath

Undesirable breath can occur for one or more of the following reasons, including but not limited to:  

Poor Oral Hygiene – When your teeth are not properly or routinely cleaned and flossed, it leaves behind plaque. Plaque is a biofilm that contains bacteria and can produce a bad smell; it can be found on and between the teeth and on the tongue. It is important to also clean the tongue as part of your oral hygiene routine. Additionally, make sure to visit our dental clinic for exams and teeth cleans in Mount Gravatt, QLD.

Larger Dental Problems – Sometimes, bad breath can indicate larger dental problems such as cavities and gum disease.

Diet – Eating foods such as garlic and onions and drinking coffee can hang around longer than the meal does and can cause your breath to take on a bad odour.

Weight loss – Weight loss and dieting can cause bad breath. This happens when your body enters Ketosis, which is when your body is burning fat. This causes your body to create a chemical that you breathe out. This chemical has an odour, which is what causes the bad breath.

Acid Reflux – Acid reflux is when acid from your stomach comes up your oesophagus and into your throat. This stomach acid can make its way to your mouth, and it has an odour which you can smell on the breath. Severe acid reflux can cause oral health problems.  

Dry Mouth – Dry mouth is when there is not enough saliva in the mouth, causing the tissue to become dry. Saliva helps to wash away food and bacteria particles, so when the mouth is dry, there can be an odour from those particles, along with an odour from the dry tissue itself. Chronic dry mouth can cause tooth decay as well.

Smoking – Smoking can lead to bad breath for a few reasons. There is the odour of the tobacco itself, which lingers on your breath and clothes and is difficult to mask. Smoking can also cause dry mouth, which can induce bad breath. Gum disease is common among smokers and can lead to bad breath.

To Schedule a Consultation, We Encourage You to Contact Your Dentist in Mount Gravatt, QLD

To find out the reason for, and the best way to treat, your bad breath, it is best to book in for a dental check-up where we can thoroughly examine and diagnose the cause and provide the treatment to remedy it.