Why Do I Have Bad Breath?

Bad breath also called halitosis can be attributed to several different conditions including poor dental habits; certain health conditions and it can be made worse by dry mouth or unhealthy lifestyles and by the food that you eat.

Any type of food that you eat will start the digestion process in your mouth as you tear and chew your food and the saliva in your mouth begins to break down the food. Food that have strong odors to them such as those with garlic or onions in them are also broken down in your mouth and then absorbed along with the rest of the food in your bloodstream as a normal part of digestion. The strong odors won’t leave until the food leaves your body. Not even brushing your teeth or flossing can destroy the odors. Products like mouthwash may mask the odors for a short time but they are still there.

When you have poor dental hygiene such as when you forget to brush your teeth or when you neglect to floss you are leaving behind food particles on and in-between your teeth. These food particles will attract odor-causing bacteria. Even dentures can gather food particles causing odors.

Bad habits like smoking tobacco products can cause bad breath. A result of food particles and plaque staying on your teeth and along the gum line can lead to gum disease. One telltale sign that you may have gum disease is persistent bad breath.

If you have poorly fitting dental appliances, a yeast infection of the mouth or dental cavities all of these things can also cause bad breath.

If you have a medical condition in which you manufacture less than normal amounts of saliva or if you don’t drink enough water to manufacture enough saliva in your mouth this causes a condition caused “dry mouth”. Dry mouth can lead to bad breath because it is the saliva that freshens and cleans the mouth. Dry mouth can also be a side effect of certain medications such as antihistamines. Those who breathe through the mouth can also experience dry mouth.

Diseases that contribute to bad breath or have the symptom of bad breath include pneumonia, bronchitis, chronic sinus infections, diabetes, postnasal, chronic acid reflux, and liver or kidney issues.

Any of these conditions or diseases can occur one at a time or several at once creating bad breath for the individual. Usually when situations or diseases occur that cause bad breath the condition or disease eventually subsides and the bad breath goes away. When the disease or condition is treated and cured the bad breath goes away. When a person notices that they have dry mouth they start drinking more water, or they chew gum or suck on hard candy to moisten their mouth. If you notice persistent bad breath and nothing you do seems to have an impact on the bad breath it is time to see a medical professional so that you can find out why you have bad breath.