We’ve all been there – someone
speaks to you and you can’t concentrate on what they’re saying because their breath almost knocks you over. Or maybe you finish your morning coffee and your coworker kindly (or not so kindly) suggests you eat a mint.
Halitosis, or bad breath, can be caused by a number of things. These can include morning breath, foods or drinks we consume, bad oral hygiene, or smoking. Overnight, bacteria builds up in the mouth as we lay inactive, which leads to bad breath, especially in those who sleep with their mouths open.
Eating certain foods like garlic and onion, and drinking acidic drinks like coffee, can also contribute to bad breath. This is heightened when we don’t brush our teeth or floss properly, as food particles remain in the mouth, causing them to rot and produce foul odors. These food particles lead to gum disease and tooth decay if left unchecked.
In fact, bad breath can be a sign of a more serious oral disease – if you find yourself suffering from bad breath daily and improving your oral hygiene doesn’t solve the problem, come see Dr. Gabhart. He can help to diagnose whether you might be suffering from a gum or mouth infection, sinusitis or bronchitis, diabetes, acid reflux, or lactose intolerance, all of which can cause bad breath.
The best way to beat halitosis is consistent brushing and flossing. Ask Dr. Gabhart for more suggestions if bad breath plagues you. We’re here to help!