Common Causes of Bad Breath
Some foods we eat like onion and garlic instantly come to mind whenever bad breath is mentioned. This is because of the way such foods affect the air you exhale from your lungs. Once digested, they enter your blood which takes them to your lungs. Some food items might not be foul-smelling themselves. But, when they breakdown in your mouth or get stuck between your teeth, the bacteria present in your oral cavity causes bad breath.
Dry mouth or xerostomia is a condition in which there is a reduced production of saliva in our mouth. This can be due to some medications or diseases that affect the salivary glands, or due to more common causes, such as a dry mouth in the morning. Saliva helps cleanse the mouth, therefore, less saliva would result in bad breath. Morning breath is a natural example of dry mouth affecting your breath. People who sleep with their mouths open might have stronger morning breath.
Other Health Conditions
Bad breath can be a symptom of several diseases, which is why it should not be ignored. Wounds, lesions, mouth sores, and infected regions in your mouth can be one of the causes of bad breath. It’s best to get them checked and treated. Sinus or throat issues may also make your mouth smelly due to postnasal drip. Some serious diseases like cancer, GERD, and certain metabolic diseases produce specific chemicals which can cause bad breath as well.
Regular dental checkups can help you determine the specific cause and course of action most likely to kick your bad breath. Stop by our office, and let Dr. Adrian Guerra help you achieve your oral health goals.