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Having bad breath can be embarrassing and inconvenient. You may try using gum, mouthwash, mints, and other products to counteract bad breath, but these are only temporary solutions. A better solution is to counteract the underlying cause of bad breath, which is also called halitosis. So, what are the causes of bad breath?

Certain Foods
Some foods, like onions, some spices, and garlic, can cause bad breath. After these foods are digested, they enter the bloodstream and are brought to the lungs, thus affecting your breath.

Dry Mouth
Saliva helps to clean your mouth. Saliva flow removes bacteria and food particles that can cause unpleasant odors. If you have dry mouth, the saliva flow is decreased, so bad breath can result. Dry mouth occurs naturally during sleep, causing “morning breath.”

Tobacco Products
Those who chew or smoke tobacco often have a residual tobacco scent on their breath as well as the buildup of odor-causing bacteria inside the mouth.

Poor Dental Hygiene
Neglecting to brush and floss your teeth every day means that food particles are allowed to stay in your mouth, thus causing bad breath. The tongue can trap odor-causing bacteria if it is not cleaned. In addition, poor dental hygiene can lead to gum disease, which can also cause bad breath.

We welcome you to contact The Art of Dentistry today at 972-441-8199 to learn more about the causes of bad breath and to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Van Parham. Our dentist and team in Irving, Texas, look forward to seeing you!