What Causes Bad Breath?

bad breathEveryone knows poor oral hygiene causes bad breath, but do you know why?

Many people believe the fresh minty smell of toothpaste eliminates bad breath, but it’s actually the removal of bacteria that does the job.

That’s right: Bad breath is caused by bacteria.

If you don’t brush and floss your teeth, bacteria will build up in your mouth. Also, if you have a dry mouth, bacteria can easily build because it isn’t being flushed away by your saliva.

Here are other conditions that can contribute to bad breath:

  • Tooth and gum infections: Infected areas of the mouth harbor bacteria.
  • Breathing through your mouth: Breathing through your mouth causes dry mouth.
  • Medications: Many medications cause a dry mouth.
  • The common cold: The common cold causes bad breath due to the two reasons listed above.
  • Diet: Diets very rich in protein and/or dairy often cause the buildup of amino acids in the mouth, and bacteria love amino acids.
  • Other illnesses: More serious illnesses, such as diabetes or kidney disease, can also cause bad breath.
  • Alcohol or drugs: Heavy consumption of either alcohol or drugs can dry out your mouth, leading to bad breath.

If you’re having trouble getting rid of bad breath, make an appointment with Vacendak Dentistry in Chesapeake. We can help. Give us a call at 757-609-3510.

Source: USNews.com
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