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Bad Breath: What Causes it?

There are a number of reasons why you might have “dragon breath”. While many causes are harmless, bad breath can sometimes be a sign of something more serious.

Here are five things that might be causing your bad breath!

 

  • Oral Bacteria

 

Bad breath can happen anytime, anywhere, thanks to the billions of bacteria that naturally live in your mouth. When you eat, bacteria in your mouth feed on food particles left behind and leave behind a foul-smelling waste product.

 

  • Dry Mouth

 

Feeling parched? Your mouth is probably very dry and not making much saliva. Saliva is very important to your oral health and helps to wash away bacteria that causes bad breath. Dry mouth can be caused by certain medications, salivary gland problems, and by simply breathing through your mouth often. Drinking water and chewing sugar-free gum can help to prevent dry mouth.

 

  • Gum Disease

 

Bad breath that just doesn’t go away no matter what you try may be a sign of gum disease. Gum disease is caused by sticky, cavity-causing bacteria known as plaque.

 

  • Smoking and Tobacco

 

Smoking stains your teeth yellow, gives you bad breath, and put you at risk for numerous health problems. There is no nice way of putting it. Tobacco users are also more likely to suffer from gum disease. Smokers also have inferior senses of smell and may not be aware of their bad breath.

 

  • FOOD!

 

Foods like onions, garlic, coffee, and peanut butter are but a few of the foods that affect how your breath smells. The list of offending foods is a long one not worth reading. Just know that what you put in your mouth affects the smell of the air you exhale.

Are you suffering from chronic bad breath? Don’t hesitate to contact our team at Apple Dental today and we will do our very best to help you out!