Bad breath is something that everyone experiences at some point, but for some people bad breath is a chronic and embarrassing problem.

If you have chronically bad breath, or halitosis, there is a reason why and we will discuss some of those possible reasons here.

If you are worried that your breath stinks, it is probably time to see a dentist. Your dentist will help you figure out what is causing your odorous breath and may even be able to alleviate it for you.

Here are some common causes of bad breath:

Foods that are fragrant, like garlic and onions, can leave your breath smelling less than desirable. This is just a temporary problem due to the food or drink, like coffee, that you are or were eating. Brushing your teeth, flossing, and using mouthwash should immediately improve your bad breath problem if it is caused by your diet.

This is an obvious one. Any kind of smoking and all tobacco products cause bad breath. If you are using tobacco products, bad breath is probably the least of your concerns. In addition to smelling bad, tobacco use can lead to other more serious issues like chronic lung problems and cancer. Stop using tobacco products to eliminate the bad breath caused by them.

If your mouth isn’t producing enough saliva it could result in bad breath. Saliva helps clear food particles from your mouth, which cause bad breath. If you aren’t making enough saliva, sometimes referred to as dry mouth, bad breath will likely be a result. A common form of this that we’re all familiar with is morning breath. When it becomes a chronic issue, it’s called xerostomia.

If you think dry mouth could be causing your bad breath try drinking more water to avoid dehydration. Alcohol consumption can contribute to dehydration, as does coffee. Some prescription drugs list dehydration as a side effect, which could lead to bad breath.


When food particles become stuck in our mouth it can turn into a sticky build up of bacteria known as plaque. Food particles can get trapped in places like the uneven surface of your tongue, between your teeth, and between your cheeks and gums.

The best way to combat bad breath is to have good oral hygiene. A daily routine of brushing twice a day, using mouthwash and flossing is the best defense if you are concerned with your breath being bad. Keeping your mouth clean and free of food debris is key to an overall healthy mouth.

There are many other reasons why you may have bad breath, including digestive problems, sinus issues or other more serious underlying issues. If your breath bothers you, make an appointment to see a dentist.

Our dentists at Dentistry at 1818 Market Street will be happy to help you resolve your bad breath problem.

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