Chances are, you already know the basics when it comes to keeping your breath minty-fresh. You brush, floss, and maybe do a quick rinse with mouthwash a few times a day. But let’s say you do all those things, and your breath still stinks.
That’s the case more often than you might think, and poor oral hygiene is not the most common cause of bad breath. Let’s take a look at some others.
Snoring: Your mouth can get dry if you snore or sleep with it open, and that makes it an even better home to the bacteria that cause “morning breath.”
Gum Disease: If your breath has a metallic smell, you might have bacteria growing under your gum line, which can lead to inflammation and even infection.
Acid Reflux: This condition makes stomach acid flow the wrong way, back into the tube that connects your throat to your stomach, giving your breath a sour smell.
Diabetes: If you have this condition, fruity breath can be a sign that your body is using fat for fuel instead of sugar.
H. Pylori: This is a kind of bacteria can cause stinky breath, and you may have nausea, heartburn, stomachache, or indigestion, too.
Respiratory Infections: Colds, coughs, and sinus infections can send mucus filled with bacteria through your nose and mouth and affect your breath.
Medication: Some medicines cause bad breath because they dry out your mouth.
Tonsil Stones: If food gets caught in your tonsils, calcium can collect around it and form tonsil stones that can irritate your throat, and bacteria may grow on them.
Dehydration: When your body is dehydrated, you may not make enough saliva, which normally cleans bacteria out of your mouth.
Infection: An injury or cut inside your mouth can get infected with bacteria that have an odor.
Liver Failure: This can cause a sweet, moldy smell and can be a sign that your liver isn’t working well because of advanced liver disease.
Kidney Failure: You may have “fishy” breath if your kidneys can’t get rid of waste like they should.
Although oral hygiene may provide slight relief in some of these instances, it’s important to note that the causes of bad breath outlined in this article may require a more comprehensive and substantial action plan to be eliminated.
Have you experienced bad breath due to any of these conditions?
If so, call our office today to schedule a consultation and let’s work together to get your breath back to minty-fresh!