What Are The Most Common Causes Of Frequent Halitosis?

It’s never nice to suffer from halitosis. Bad breath may not be your fault, but it can still be embarrassing to experience, especially at social events where others may mention it. 

Keeping a clean dental environment is important and your strongest bulwark against bad breath. This includes regular brushing (at least twice a day!) including brushing your tongue, as well as flossing and using mouthwash as necessary.

The truth is that even if you take good care of your teeth, gums and tongue, bad breath can still be present. 

In this post, we’ll discuss some common causes of halitosis, and also dental causes you may wish to consider and contact Rose Dental for assistance in treatment.

Lifestyle Factors

  • Dry Mouth

A dry mouth can sometimes cause bad breath because a lack of saliva prevents your mouth from clearing debris such as food. Insufficient saliva production can be caused by a lack of hydration, medications, nerve damage, or even certain medical treatments like chemotherapy. Drinking plenty of water, adjusting medications, and using saliva substitutes like artificial saliva products or gum can help.

  • Smoking 

Aside from the tobacco itself, smoking can encourage chronic halitosis by drying the dental environment and causing damage to your gums over time. It can also cause a yellowing of the teeth.

  • Food Choices

Anyone that has eaten garlic or certain spices knows how food choices can lead to bad breath. That’s why it’s polite to eat certain spices in the evening or when you’re not planning to go out, though there’s no real moral rule to prevent you from doing the opposite. However, if you want to work on your halitosis, consider how much pungent food you eat.

Dental Factors

  • Gum Disease

Gum diseases are known as “periodontal” diseases, and can include gingivitis, periodontitis, and more. The bacteria that grow as part of gum disease can lead to bad breath. Bleeding gums can also signify serious dental issues. It’s important to speak to a dental specialist as soon as you notice these problems.

  • Cavities

That’s right, cavities can retain debris from food and grow bacteria, which is why deep cleaning and care such as root canal treatment is needed. The longer you leave this, the longer the halitosis will be present. Cavities can also lead to a great deal of toothache, which is why it’s important to see your specialist as soon as possible.

  • Infections

Oral infections are a large culprit of halitosis because bacterial growth will often cause the worst scent and may not be removed by basic cleaning and self-care. Infections can cause rotting or other dental conditions that need immediate attention. Make sure to discuss your bad breath with your dentist as you book the appointment, as this can help them in their evaluation.

Contact Rose Dental today!

At Rose Dental, we believe all of our cherished patients deserve to live halitosis-free. 

Contact us today and we’ll evaluate the cause and treatment pathway serving as the best remedy for your needs. We look forward to arranging your appointment.