Common Causes of Bad Breath

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Halitosis, or bad breath, afflicts up to 50% of adults at some point in their lives. There are a lot of probable causes for bad breath, which range from the mild to the very serious. Before assuming more serious conditions, however, consider these common causes of halitosis.


Bacteria: One of the main causes of bad breath is the hundreds of kinds of bacteria which live in your mouth. These microflora are often the cause of oral health problems such as halitosis and tooth decay. Many of the bacteria live on your tongue, usually toward the back. Thus, when you floss and brush your teeth, it is wise to brush your tongue. Alternatively, you can use a tongue scraper to gently remove the film of bacteria.


Dry Mouth: Sometimes certain conditions can cause dry mouth, such as taking certain medications, having sinus or salivary gland troubles, or simply breathing through your mouth excessively. Saliva works to clean out your mouth. If you don’t have enough saliva, your mouth doesn’t get as clean as it needs to be. This increases instances of halitosis.


If you brush and floss your teeth every day, clean your tongue thoroughly, and avoid conditions of dry mouth–yet still deal with consistent halitosis–it would be wise to talk to your dentist. Persistent halitosis can be a sign of periodontal disease or other serious medical conditions. To schedule an appointment in Corvallis, Oregon, call College Hill Dental Group at 541-753-8365. Dr. Haslam and our team look forward to seeing you!