Why Does My Breath Smell Bad? – Identifying the Issues

Your oral health is important and a smile means a lot to those who see you. One of the only things worse than a mouth with visible dental issues is one with bad breath. Whether it’s a temporary breath issue or a more constant one like halitosis, knowing why your breath smells bad is the first step towards overcoming the problem and getting your confidence and attractiveness back. Nobody likes stale, rancid breath and once you know the cause, you’ll be able to fight it and solve the issue without too much trouble. One simple reason your breath may smell bad is the food you’ve just eaten. Obviously, eating things like onions and garlic will end up leaving a bit of an odor to your breath but even something like a slice of bread can cause bad breath if you don’t brush your teeth. That’s because old food chunks can become lodged between your teeth and gums. As the food decays, bad breath will follow and leave your breath smelling horrible. Which makes sense considering you’ve essentially got rotting food in your mouth. While that’s the most common cause of bad breath it’s also the easiest to solve. The remaining problems that cause bad breath are much more serious. One is tooth decay. In this situation, a tooth is being destroyed by bacteria and their byproducts. The tooth is also filled with a substance known as pulp. When decay occurs, pulp smells terrible and will cause bad breath. To overcome this issue, the decay needs to be removed and stopped by a dentist with procedures such as a filling, crown or root canal. Other causes of bad breath aren’t actually related to oral health and include things like gastric reflux disorder. But in the case of common bad breath, the key to fighting it is to brush your teeth, floss them, and use mouthwash on a regular basis. Visiting a dentist twice annually is also important. You may not know exactly why you have bad breath but in many cases you’ll be surprised to learn it’s often a simple issue to overcome with regular oral hygiene.

Dr. Hazim is a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. A graduate of Loyola University, Dr. Hazim has undergone continuing education at the Pankey Institute and has received accreditation from the Western Regional Examining Board.

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