Causes of Bad Breath | West Palm Beach Dentist

Have you noticed that your friends, family, or co-workers have been straying away when you come around to conversant? Or are you getting mints or gum offered once you open your mouth? If you’ve answer yes to these questions, then I’m sorry to break it to you, but you may have less than lovely smelling breath.

Bad breath, also known as halitosis, doesn’t just effect the sufferer, but also everyone around them. Some people go through most their daily life not knowing they suffer from this problem, unless they are told directly by friends or family in their social circle. Most of the time it can be quite uncomfortable for your friends or family to tell you about your “little problem”.

Depending on the cause of your bad breath it may be easily treated, but before you are able to treat it, you must find out what is causing your bad breath in first place. The following includes a list of what may be causing your bad breath:

  • Poor Dental Hygiene- If you don’t keep up with a regular oral hygiene routine, such as brushing and flossing daily, food particles can remain in your mouth. Leaving those food particles in your mouth can lead to bacterial growth on the tongue, between teeth and around the gums causing bad breath.
  • Infections in the Mouth- Bad Breath can be caused by surgical wounds after oral surgery, such as tooth extractions, or by infections in the mouth such as periodontal disease (gum disease), tooth decay or mouth sores.
  • Dry Mouth- Saliva helps keeps your mouth cleansed by removing particles that may cause bad breath. A condition called dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, can contribute to bad breath due to the fact that the saliva production is decreased.
  • Systemic Illnesses- Diseases such as liver disease, kidney disease, lung disease, diabetes, sinus disease and other can also lead to bad breath.
  • Food- As the food particles in your mouth start to breakdown in and around your teeth they can start to cause a foul odor. Eating certain types of foods like garlic, onions and other foods can also cause bad breath.
  • Tobacco- Smoking tobacco on its own causes a terrible mouth odor. People who use tobacco products are more likely to get gum disease which also leads to rather smelly breath.

Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to avoid bad breath. So don’t forget to keep up with your oral hygiene because it can go a long way in preventing bad breath.

If you’re ready to kick that bad breath to the curb or would like to get more information regarding halitosis, contact Advanced Dental Group in West Palm Beach, FL at (561) 220-4808 or visit