What Causes Bad Breath?

August 8, 2018

Nobody wants bad breath. But not everyone knows where it comes from or how to curb it. Bad breath (formally known as Halitosis) has a number of root causes, so it’s important to check in with your dentist or orthodontist if it’s beginning to cause you serious concern. Utah Orthodontic Care has been happily providing care to the greater SLC area since 1976 and we offer free consultations at any of our 9 convenient locations if you’re looking for professional support.

Main Causes of Bad Breath

While there are a considerable number of factors that impact your mouth health, the most common causes of bad breath are the following:

  1. Acid reflux
  2. Array of medical conditions/health problems (medications, sinus problems)
  3. Diet
  4. Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)
  5. Gum disease
  6. Poor oral hygiene (tongue piercings and dentures can harbor bacteria)
  7. Smoking
  8. Tooth decay
  9. Tonsilloliths
  10. Unhealthy lifestyle

What Can You Do?

Depending on which of the issues listed above are most relevant to your situation, there are a few adjustments you can make on your own to improve bad breath. In general, drinking lots of water and improving the consistency and quality of your oral hygiene routine can help. Opt for an antiseptic mouthwash, especially if you don’t use one regularly. However, brushing, flossing, and mouthwash can only cover up odor temporarily if your bad breath is being caused by the food you eat. Consider making some changes to your diet if the problem persists. Checking in with your Utah orthodontist or dentist on a regular basis is the most reliable way to treat bad breath and address the root causes.

Come Visit Utah Orthodontic Care!

Schedule an appointment today over the phone at 801-999-4431 or via our easy online form to come visit Utah Orthodontic Care in person and get any of your teeth and mouth health questions answered. Our team happily serves the greater SLC communities and we can’t wait to meet you! Find the location nearest you today!