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What is the cause of Bad Breath?

What is the cause of Bad Breath?

Bad breath medically knows as halitosis results from poor dental health habits. Bad breath can also be made worse by the types of foods you eat and other unhealthy lifestyle habits. A person should know about their issue of bad breath. If you are intimate with your close friend or family member about your issue, don’t feel ashamed, understand that it is a treatable health ailment. You might need few changes in your lifestyle and your diet to ensure dental health.

Causes of Bad Breath:

Following are the causes of bad breath:

  • Poor dental hygiene: Food particles remain in your mouth and cause bad breath if you don’t brush and floss daily. A sticky and colorless film of bacteria (plaque) forms on your teeth.
  • Food: When food particle breakdown in your mouth around teeth can lead to increase in bacteria and cause a foul odour. A Certain type of food such as onions, garlic, and spices can also cause bad breath. After you digest these foods, they enter your bloodstream, are carried to your lungs and affect your breath.
  • Tobacco products: Smoking can lead to very unpleasant mouth odour.  People who smoke a lot or consume tobacco are most likely to gave gum diseases and also have bad breath.
  • Medications: Some medications can indirectly produce bad breath by contributing to dry mouth.
  • Dry mouth: Saliva helps cleanse your mouth and removing particles that cause bad odors. Dry mouth is a condition that leads to bad breath and it happens due to decreased saliva production. Dry mouth naturally occurs while you are sleeping and can lead to morning breath and it can worsen with open mouth.
  • Mouth infections: Bad breath can be caused by surgical wounds after oral surgery, such as tooth removal, or as a result of tooth decay, gum disease or mouth sores.
  • Other mouths, nose and throat conditions: Bad breath can sometimes originate from small stones that form in the tonsils and are covered with bacteria that produce odor. Chronic inflammation or infection in the throat, sinus, and nose often contribute to bad breath.
  • Other causes: Few diseases such as cancers and conditions like metabolic disorders can lead to distinctive bad breadth odor as a result of chemicals they produce. Chronic reflux of stomach acids (gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD) can be associated with bad breath. In young children, bad breath can be caused by foreign bodies such as lodged in nostril or food.

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