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What Causes Bad Breath?

causes of bad breathYou only have one chance to make a good first impression. You want people to remember your confidence and smile, not your breath. Bad breath can make you feel less confident and have a negative impact on your social life. Lots of people who suffer from bad breath or halitosis are having the problem due to the oral bacteria. Nevertheless, there are some other reasons the bad breath can occur, and our orthodontic team think it’s important for you to know them in order to find a good solution and get rid of this problem forever.

So, what causes a bad breath?

First of all, a decrease in saliva flow in your mouth can be one of many other reasons, and normally people experience this when their mouth gets dry. A decrease in saliva is often the reason of taking medicines or breathing only with your mouth. Additionally, saliva has a function of washing away food parts, so when there is not enough of saliva, bad breath may occur.

Secondly, bad oral health and your general health can be the issue. When you don’t brush and floss properly, it can lead to a gum disease that eventually leads to a bad breath. Furthermore, a mouth infection, diabetes or even the simple cold can cause you to temporarily have bad breath. Even conditions such as diabetes and reflux can cause halitosis. It’s always wise to see an orthodontist to help determine the cause.

Thirdly, the meal you eat always matters. Some foods that aren’t brushed or flossed away easily attract bacteria that also leads to a bad breath. Remember to brush after strong-smelling foods like curry, onions or garlic.

Finally, smoking and tobacco play an important role too. Smoking can contribute toward the development of gum disease and cause a bad breath.

Nevertheless, even if you maintain good oral hygiene, it’s important to see your orthodontist to deal with or avoid problems with bad breath. We can help you uncover the cause of your bad breath, while also providing solutions that allow you to enjoy fresh breath without relying on mints and breath fresheners.

In case you have questions, don’t hesitate to call us at (847) 749-4340 and our customer-friendly staff will be happy to assist you with any questions you might have. Our diverse staff can communicate with you in English, Spanish, Ukrainian, Russian, Polish, Urdu and Hindi — and we also don’t take long to answer your phone calls. We are always ready to offer advice and solutions to help keep your mouth clean and healthy.

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