Causes of Bad Breath

Causes of Bad BreathBad breath, or halitosis, can be caused by a number of different factors. One of the main causes of bad breath is the presence of bacteria in the mouth. But bad breath can occur in other ways as well.

1. Certain foods, such as onion and garlic, will leave a temporary odor on the breath. Brushing teeth after eating these foods will take the odor away.

2. Those who smoke will have what is called "smoker's breath", a result of nicotine and other substances in cigarettes that leave a residue in the mouth.

3. A dry mouth can cause bad breath, as there will be less saliva present in the mouth to wash bacteria away.

4. Sinus problems contribute to bad breath. Colds, allergies and respiratory infections will often be accompanied by post nasal drip, which accumulates in the back of the throat and tongue and causes odors.

5. Certain medical conditions, such as renal or liver problems, can contribute to bad breath.

6. Periodontal disease, a bacterial infection of the gums, is one of the main contributors to bad breath. Ineffective removal of plaque will allow gum disease to begin. In more advanced stages, periodontal disease will destroy bone and tissue, and pockets will begin to form between the teeth and gums. These pockets are a perfect breeding ground for bacteria.

If you have bad breath caused by periodontal disease, our dentist in Northridge can effectively treat it, restore your gums to health and eliminate bad breath with the right treatment.

Source: Dentist Northridge

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