The Burden of Bad Breath: What’s Causing It?

Not Just a Matter of Poor Oral Hygiene

Bad breath is a fairly common condition that can affect even those who stick to their oral hygiene routine faithfully. If you’re one of those who brush and floss regularly, you’d be surprised one day that someone has the temerity to tell you your breath needs fixing.

The condition does not always connect to poor oral hygiene. There may be other conditions contributing to bad breath.

Lifestyle and Bad Breath

For one, your diet. Can your diet be described as spicy and flavorful that it uses lots of garlic and onion and other exotic ingredients like curry? The odor comes from the breakdown of food debris by bacteria and also when once ingested, the food enters the bloodstream and carries over to the lungs. With every exhalation, odors can be detected.

Another cause is lifestyle habits. Maybe you are a chain-smoker or into chewing tobacco leaves or other such tobacco products. The smell of smoked cigarettes linger for hours in the lungs, hence the stale scent associated with smoker’s breath. Tobacco products leave chemicals on tooth surfaces, on and under the gums, and on the tongue. Needless to say, these chemicals are carried over to the lungs. Because these chemicals are mostly carcinogenic, they can lead to the secondary causes of foul breath, such as cancer.

Certain medications can affect one’s breath, alter taste, or cause dry mouth syndrome. Dry mouth presents as decreased salivation and with that a perfect environment for bacterial growth. Many medications are associated with the syndrome. To name a few: certain antidepressants, antihistamines, antihypertensives, antianxiety drugs, antiangina drugs, as well as certain drugs for reflux disease, ulcers, migraines, bronchodilators and decongestants. This list is only partial. On the other hand, smoking, alcoholism, snoring and long periods of speaking can also lead to dry mouth. Dry mouth is considered the number one cause of bad breath.

Other conditions can manifest bad odors coming from the mouth. These are mouth infections, like sores, pus, periodontal disease of the gums, as well as nose, sinuses and throat conditions.

Busting Bad Breath In Downtown Seattle

Don’t let bad breath bother you. Know that the condition and its cause can be determined by professional examination of your Downtown Seattle dentist. A visit to Smile Art in Seattle is your first step to fresher, cleaner breath.