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Common Bad Breath Causes and Solutions

Let’s just state the obvious, not only is bad breath a nuisance but it’s also a very embarrassing problem. Halitosis or bad breath is a personal problem that you may attempt to hide when interacting with others. Hiding behind your hand while talking or turning your face in just the right direction while talking can lead to a lack of self-confidence and contribute to social anxiety issues. Furthermore, that odor may be a sign of a more serious dental health condition.

No fret though, believe it or not, bad breath that is not associated with a condition is actually pretty common. With about 1 in every 4 persons suffering from some form of halitosis, it kind of makes you wonder, “why do so many people have bad breath”?

We address the possible causes for bad breath in this article, along with what you can do to prevent and treat it.

Bad Breath and Symptoms

Bad breath is also known as fetor oris or, more commonly, halitosis. It can affect anybody and is usually the result of poor oral hygiene. Conditions like tooth decay and gum disease typically arise when there exists a lack of a good oral hygiene routine. These two conditions are the main culprits to cause the worse odor. The smell alone might cause an individual to take a trip to our dentist office in Huntersville, NC for an exam.

The degree and type of odor that people suffer from may differ. What the odor smells like is influenced by the underlying cause of the problem. In order to learn more about the source of the problem, Dr. Marra will conduct a comprehensive exam to ensure that the issue is not related to other health issues.

Bad Breath Causes Listed

There are several reasons why you may have bad breath. They include the following:


What you eat has an effect on your breath. Foods such as garlic and ginger are known to have strong odors that don’t go away easily, even with brushing and flossing. The effects of these on your breath do not disappear but for an extended period of time.

Odor can also arise when food particles get stuck between teeth, the residue left on the tongue or around the gumline.


You can have bad breath issues if you smoke or chew tobacco products. The problem can result from gum disease caused by tobacco and other toxins.

Poor oral hygiene

Considering how food particles can remain in the mouth and cause bad breath, you can actually be the source of the problem if you don’t brush and floss regularly. Lack of daily teeth and gum cleaning allows bacteria to interact with leftover food particles, then they multiply and cause stronger odors.

Health problems

Some medical conditions can lead to bad breath. Among these are inflammation or infections of the nose, mouth, and throat. Liver disease, metabolic disorders, certain cancers, and ketoacidosis.

Other possible causes of bad breath include foreign body, dry mouth (xerostomia) and some medications.

Treatment and Prevention of Bad Breath

The steps you would usually take to prevent bad breath are to some extent the same needed to treat it. Let’s consider the most important ones.

Good oral hygiene

One of the best things you could do to both prevent and treat halitosis is brushing and flossing regularly. This helps to prevent cavities that later become decayed teeth and to reduce your risk of gum disease, which can lead to unpleasant odors.

Try to brush, including your tongue, after every meal, if feasible. Floss at least once a day. Change your brush regularly – once every three months is recommended. Make use of toothpaste and mouth rinses with antiseptic agents.

Endeavor to clean dentures and other dental appliances at least once every day or each time before you insert them in your mouth. Also, ensure they are properly fitting so as not to leave room for the growth of problematic bacteria.

Proper hydration

It helps to take sufficient quantities of water. Hydration is crucial to preventing mouth odor. Avoid tobacco, coffee, and alcohol because they are known to dehydrate the body.

Right diet

You will also benefit from paying adequate attention to the food you eat. Avoid or limit sugars and foods such as onions and garlic that contribute to bad breath. You may also want to steer clear of crash diets that encourage the production of strong-smelling ketones.

In addition to the above, regular visits to Dr. Marra’s dental practice will also be beneficial. This gives you access to a professional and more thorough dental cleaning. It allows you to deal with the underlying cause of your bad breath.

You may be referred to a specialist if the problem is related to a non-dental condition.

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