Almost every person has some degree of bad breath
upon waking in the morning (this is called morning breath
) and is easily eliminated by brushing the teeth. It is only when bad breath progress after brushing ones teeth that a diagnosis of halitosis can be made.
Halitosis is often caused by a mouth or throat infection
or in response to a food item in one’s diet
. The main food culprit is garlic
which can often be easily counteracted by eating parsley
. Oral health conditions can also cause bad breath and are responsible for the development of halitosis in 85-90% of bad breath sufferers.
Severe diets which restrict carbohydrate intake such as ketogenic diets are also responsible for the development of bad breath.
Certain anatomical deviations such as corrugations or striations in the tongue do allow for the accumulation and growth of bacteria
in the oral cavity.
Foods such as garlic, onions and spicy foods etc. Cause foul smelling breath after eating them. These foods are absorbed into the bloodstream, transferred into the lungs and become expelled in the air you breathe. Regular eating of such foods is likely to cause halitosis. People who diet are more likely to develop unpleasant breath from infrequent eating. You also get direct expulsion of these gases from your digestive tract.
Poor oral health care Without proper and regular brushing, flossing and routine examinations by your dentist
, food remains in the mouth causing bacteria to multiply and produce toxic waste which in turn causes breath odor. Food stuck on the teeth, gums, and tongue creates an environment where bacteria can feed and multiply. These bacteria release certain chemicals as a by-product which causes damage and decay of the gums and teeth. The chemicals that are released by the bacteria and the resulting decay in the mouth contribute to the bad breath. Improper cleaning of dentures
Dentures that are not cleaned properly may be collecting bacteria and food particles which cause bad breath. Periodontal disease
One of the primary symptoms of periodontal gum disease is foul, odorous breath, and an unpleasant taste in the mouth. This condition requires immediate care by an oral health professional. Dry mouth
(xerostomia) This condition is often a large contributor to halitosis. It occurs when the flow of saliva decreases. Saliva is required to cleanse the mouth and remove particles that may cause odor. Xerostomia may be caused by certain medications, a salivary gland disorder, or by continuously breathing through the mouth instead of the nose. Tobacco products Not only do tobacco products such as cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco and snuff stain the teeth and put the body at risk for a host of other diseases, they also contribute to bad breath. Tobacco products cause bad breath, stained teeth
, reduces one's ability to taste foods and irritates the gum tissue. Tobacco users are more likely to suffer from periodontal disease and are at greater risk for developing oral cancer
. Medical condition Bad breath may be an indication or symptom of any of the following conditions. However, each individual may experience different symptoms such as: A respiratory
infection Infection of the nose, windpipe, or lungs Chronic bronchitis
Post nasal drip Chronic sinusitis Diabetes
Gastrointestinal disorders Liver or kidney disorders
Dieters may develop unpleasant "fruity" breath from keto-acidosis which is due to the breakdown of chemicals during fasting. Restriction of caloric intake leads to hunger which can lead to a dry mouth.
Factors that affect the airways and cause bad breath: Nasal Polyps Foreign bodies Sinusitis Dryness Bronchitis Pneumonia
Factors that affect the esophagus and stomach and cause bad breath:
Gastritis and food reflux (GERD
- gastro-esophageal reflux
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