Have you gotten “the look” from someone while trying to have a conversation with them? Or perhaps the person you were talking to was bold enough to offer you a breath mint. If you’ve escaped public humiliation but are still struggling with a constant bad taste in your mouth, your breath could be to blame.
If for one reason or another, you’re confident your breath has a strong odor, several things could be to blame. Learn more about the possible causes of your mouth odor, then call Advanced Dental Associates at (210) 819-5233 to schedule an appointment. We’ll have your breath fresh in no time!
Causes Of Bad Breath
Food is typically the main source of mouth odors. Certain foods like onions, garlic, exotic spices, fish, some cheeses, and acidic foods can leave behind a pungent smell and taste in the mouth. Most of the time, the odor doesn’t hang around for too long.
But sometimes food can get stuck in your teeth and promote the growth of bacteria and plaque, which are both responsible for bad breath.
If you’re following the popular Keto Diet, you may experience a phenomenon known as “ketone breath.” This particular diet causes the body to burn fat for energy, creating ketones. Ketones cause a noticeable odor when you exhale.
Smoking and chewing tobacco can also contribute to bad breath. The chemicals found in these products hang around long after you’re done using them. Additionally, using tobacco products puts you at a higher risk for other dental issues related to bad breath like gum disease or oral cancer.
- Poor dental hygiene
This one shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, but when you fail to brush or floss your teeth regularly, food particles will linger in your mouth, rot, and lead to a bad odor. If you don’t properly clean your teeth, plaque will build up, causing an odor of its own.
Additionally, a buildup of plaque on your teeth can lead to gum disease. If plaque is left on your teeth, it hardens and becomes tartar. Tartar is full of irritating bacteria, and as you might have assumed, that bacteria lead to stinky breath.
- Health conditions
Several health conditions can cause or worsen bad breath. Such conditions include pneumonia, sinus infections, sore throat, the common cold, the flu, tonsil stones, bronchitis, post-nasal drip, diabetes, acid reflux, lactose intolerance, digestive problems, and some liver or kidney diseases.
- Dry mouth
Dry mouth, a condition also known as xerostomia, can be responsible for bad breath. Saliva, the watery liquid in your mouth, helps keep your mouth moist and clean. When your body doesn’t produce enough saliva, it can affect your breath.
Many allergy medications can cause dry mouth, a contributor to bad breath. Post-nasal drip and sinus congestion are common allergy symptoms that can also cause a bad odor in your mouth.
- Dental issues
Dental infections like cavities, gum disease, or impacted teeth can cause bad breath. The stench can also come from food particles trapped in your dental appliance. If your dentures don’t fit properly, you may develop sores or infections in your mouth, which can cause a bad odor.
Some medications can lead to a stinky breath, including allergy medicines, diuretics, triamterene, and paraldehyde.
- “Morning breath”
It’s totally normal to experience bad breath in the morning. While you sleep, the production of saliva nearly stops. This allows odor-causing bacteria to flourish.
You’re One Call Away From Fresh Breath
Don’t go another day trying to mask the odor emanating from your mouth. Call Dr. Steve Edwards with Advanced Dental Associates to schedule an appointment. When you visit our San Antonio, TX dentist office, we will examine your mouth and determine the root of the problem. We can then find a solution that will work to freshen your breath and give you your self-confidence back.