What Causes Bad Breath

February 01, 2016 | Posted in Education

Bad breath has a number of different causes. Often, simple changes can be made to eliminate things that contribute to your bad breath. Some common causes of bad breath include:

  • Diet - Certain foods with strong odors can result in bad breath lingering long after you eat them. This is because as they are digested and absorbed into your bloodstream, they eventually are carried to your lungs and their odor is given off in your breath. Foods that can cause this include garlic and onions.

  • Not brushing/flossing - If you don’t brush and floss your teeth, food particles can remain in your mouth. This can produce bacterial growth between teeth, and on your tongue and gums.

  • Smoking/chewing tobacco - Can bring about bad breath, stain your teeth, and even reduce your ability to taste foods.

  • Gum disease - Persistent bad breath can be a warning sign of gum disease.

 
There are a number of other diseases/illnesses that can cause bad breath, such as pneumonia, bronchitis, diabetes, chronic acid reflux, and postnasal drip. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us here at Rideau Dental Center by calling 613-230-7475!