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What Causes Bad Breath?
Posted on 03/29/2016

What Causes Bad Breath?

Covering-Mouth.pngHaving bad breath, or “Halitosis”, is a very common problem and something that nobody wants to have. It’s so common, it’s estimated that about 20% of the general population suffer from bad breath, and it’s the third leading reason that people seek out dental treatment.  

But what are the causes of bad breath and how do you counteract them? That’s where your Columbia Family Dentist comes in.  Below we’ve created a quick guide to some of the top causes of bad breath, and a few tips on how to avoid it.  

The Foods That Linger 


Whenever you eat, there are food particles that are left over in your mouth.  These particles can continue to give off the smell of that food, which is why people can guess what you had just eaten by smelling your breath.  However, if you’re eating foods that don’t necessarily give off the best smell, the result will be breath that smells just as bad.  In order to avoid getting bad breath from eating, you have two options.  First, you can try to avoid eating all of those particularly stinky foods, or you can make sure you brush your teeth, floss, and use mouthwash after you’re done eating to rid your mouth of the remaining food particles.  

Bacteria, Plaque & Tooth Decay


If those food particles that we mentioned before are already causing you some bad breath, it can get even worse if you don’t wash them away.  In just a short amount of time, food particles can turn into bacteria and plaque that damage your teeth, commonly referred to as tooth decay.  Even with just the word “decay” you already know that it’s going to be associated with a very bad smell.  In order to avoid developing tooth decay and the bad breath that comes with it, make sure you maintain a consistent and complete oral hygiene routine to keep you mouth as clean as possible.  

If you are going through orthodontic treatment with braces or Invisalign, you need to be extra careful, since food particles can get trapped in your appliances and develop bacteria much faster if not properly cleaned & cared for.  

The Unhealthy Habits


Even if you have perfect oral hygiene, there are some bad habits that can cause some serious bad breath.  Some of the most common bad breath causing habits are chewing tobacco and smoking.  Both of these habits actively release some very strong smells into your mouth that can’t always be easily brushed out like food particles can.  Not to mention, you’ll be staining your teeth and damaging your body at the same time.  While it is very challenging to kick a habit like these, it’s your best bet if you want to avoid getting bad breath.  

Contact Columbia Family Dentist Today!


These aren’t the only ways you can get bad breath, since there are other causes that we haven’t covered here such as dry mouth, health issues, medications, and more.  If you have any questions about bad breath, or want to find out what’s causing yours, don’t hesitate to contact your local Columbia Family Dentist!  Our friendly doctors and experienced dental staff will make sure you get all of the information you need, & help create a treatment plan for you to get rid of that bad breath.