General Dental Informtion

Cause of bad breath

cause of bad breath

Halitosis may embarrass you and even result in anxiety and stress. It is not surprising that the stores’ shelves contain plenty of chewing gums, mint tablets, mouthwash, and other products to cope with halitosis.

Most of these products act temporarily and cannot resolve the main problem, and one should seek a permanent solution.

Illustration of bad breath of a lady's mouth

Main causes of bad breath

Halitosis can be caused by various factors and diseases, some of which are discussed here.

  • Food: Degradation of food may increase bacteria in your mouth and around the teeth and produce halitosis.
  • Tobacco: Smokers and consumers of oral tobacco are highly prone to gums’ diseases and halitosis.
  • Poor oral health: A failure to daily brush the teeth and tongue and flossing causes food particles to remain in your mouth leading to halitosis.
  • Reduced salivation: Saliva helps cleanse the mouth and destroys halitosis-causing particles.
  • Drugs: Some drugs such as amoxicillin can indirectly cause halitosis through drying the mouth.
  • Infection: Tooth infection or tooth decay, gums’ diseases, and mouth ulcers may produce halitosis.
  • Nose and throat infection: Chronic infection or inflammation of the nose, sinuses, or throat can result in halitosis.
  • Other causes: Cancer and digestive tract diseases, such as gastroesophageal reflux, may cause distinct halitosis.

Cause bad breath despite brushing

Some patients complain that their mouth still smells bad even after brushing. In these cases, it is necessary for the patient to see a dentist to check the health status of the mouth and teeth. If the patient has a decayed tooth or has a gum problem, treatment for tooth decay and gum problems will eliminate bad breath. But some patients still suffer from bad breath despite having healthy teeth and gums. This group of patients usually have digestive problems and even fatty liver. Patients with gastrointestinal or fatty liver problems should consult a gastroenterologist or internal medicine specialist for treatment.

Cause of bad breath FAQ

1-When should we visit a dentist for bad breath?

When experiencing halitosis, check oral hygiene habits and try to change your lifestyle; for example, regularly brush your teeth and tongue after eating, use dental floss, and drink plenty of water. If bad breath persists, then see your dentist.

2-How can bad breath due to the accumulation of bacteria be resolved?

This problem can be easily solved; you can get rid of your teeth’ plaques with antibacterial mouthwash and toothpaste.

3-How can bad breath be resolved at home?

Brush after eating, floss at least once a day, brush your tongue, and avoid foods such as garlic, onions, and sugary foods.

4-How to cope with dry mouth and bad breath?

Coffee, drinks, or alcohol dry the mouth, so don’t consume them and drink plenty of water. Salivation can be stimulated by chewing gum or sucking candy (preferably sugar-free).

5Which foods help you fight bad breath?

Eat fresh fruits and vegetables and probiotic yogurt, chew parsley, basil, and mint, eat plenty of cherries, drink green tea, chew sugar-free gum, and drink ginger tea and plenty of water.

About Dr Abdolreza Jamilian Orthodontist

Dr. Jamilian, an orthodontist, has a specialized fellowship in orthodontic surgery and maxillofacial abnormalities and is a full-time professor in the orthodontics department of the Dentistry School of the Islamic Azad University. He is member of Iranian and European Board of Orthodontics (EBO) and is a member of the Iranian, American and European Orthodontists Association.

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