If you persistently suffer from bad breath, you may be experience a symptom of an underlying health issue or a bad habit. There are several common health-related problems that could taint the breath.

These include heartburn, acid reflux, the accumulation of bacteria as a result of an infection within the sinus cavity, diabetes, and even kidney disease. Additionally, there are periodontal diseases that could result in the development of persistent bad breath. Examples of these issues include gingivitis and dry mouth.

If you suffer from bad breath, it is crucial that you meet with your doctor to determine the potential cause. This is especially important to do if you find that flossing, brushing, and rinsing is not resolving the issue. In this brief guide, we will expound further on the issue of bad breath. If you are a sufferer, continue reading to learn more.

Habits That Could Cause Your Breath to be Bad
In addition to the previously mentioned health problems that may detrimentally impact your breath, there are several habits that may result in the development of the issue, too. The following outlines these habits:

  1. If you are a smoker, it is quite likely that you will experience bad breath. In addition to this, smoking may detrimentally impact your oral health and your physical health.
  2. Consuming a large amount of sugar may result in the development of bad breath. This is because the bacteria that is located within the mouth actually feeds on sugar from food products. When there is a large amount of sugar present, there is sure to be a large amount of bacteria in the mouth that causes bad breath.
  3. If you have recently reduced the amount of carbohydrates that you consume, your body will increase ammonia levels within the body to successfully metabolize the foods that you consume. This could result in the development of bad breath.
  4. If you are not eating the right amount of food each day or are engaging in the art of fasting, you are sure to have bad breath. This is because chewing food stimulates the production of saliva. This is the substance that flushes the mouth and aids in reducing bad breath. If you are not eating properly, the mouth will become dry and bad breath will develop.
  5. If you suffer from an immense amount of stress and/or anxiety, the mouth is likely to become dry and cause bad breath.

Bad breath is quickly becoming an epidemic among the general population. According to dentists, brushing does help clean the mouth, but, only about 25% of the mouth. To truly have a clean mouth, you must also floss on a daily basis and rinse the mouth at least twice a day.

Not only will these activities aid in removing food products and debris from the mouth, but, it will aid in killing bad bacteria and stimulating saliva production. If you have bad breath, there are – potentially – three different issues occurring.

First, you may not be practicing good oral hygiene. Second, you may have an underlying health condition. Finally, you may be engaging in a bad habit that causes bad breath.

If you want to eliminate your bad breath once and for all, visit or call Richmond Family Dentist today:

765-962-3000