5 Causes of Bad Breath
No one likes to be around people with bad breath but many people with bad breath, also called Halitosis, aren’t always aware of their problem.
And while it is easy to dismiss bad breath as a simple lack of proper oral hygiene, there are other reasons why a person’s breath may be odorous.
Here are five causes of bad breath.
Poor Hygiene: Lack of daily brushing and flossing to remove food particles can result in an odour. If you don't brush and floss daily, food particles remain in your mouth, causing bad breath. Brushing your tongue is also important as it can trap bacteria that cause odour. Dentures that aren't cleaned regularly or don't fit properly can harbour odour-causing bacteria and food particles, according to Mayo.com.
Medication: Some medications contribute to dry mouth which causes bad breath. Others can be broken down in the body to release chemicals that can be carried on your breath.
Sinus and other throat conditions: If you suffer from a post-natal drip as a result of an allergy or sinus attack, you could suffer from bad breath as the mucus drips down the back of the tongue where bacteria that causes bad breath lives according to therabreath.com. Tonsils also harbour a lot of bacteria in its crevices which also trap the mucus from a post-nasal drip. This mucus hardens over time into “stones” and when mixed with bacteria causes an odour.
Diseases: Some diseases such as cancer and diabetes can result in bad breath. Chronic reflux of stomach acids (gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD) can be associated with bad breath. Bad breath in young children can be caused by a foreign body, such as a piece of food, lodged in a nostril.
Tobacco: Smoking causes bad breath as well as gum disease which could result in bad breath.