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3 Surprising Causes of Bad Breath

Bad-breathWalking around with bad breath is something that’s not only detrimental to your health but also a nuisance to those around you.

One of the most common causes of bad breath is the buildup of germs and bacteria inside your mouth. When it is not cleaned regularly, over time a condition known as halitosis or persistent bad breath ensues. This oral condition is something everyone can do without as it is particularly a nuisance to people you regularly come into contact with you.

Dr.Benjamin Greene and Dr. Jonathan Everett at Kirkland Family Dentistry have been providing dental services in Kirkland, Washington for a better part of 25 years and are staunch supporters of effectively eliminating the causes of Halitosis rather than aiming to cure them.

Speaking of what causes bad breath, you might actually find some of them surprising:

1. Poor Oral Hygiene

This particular cause may not be very surprising, though, as not brushing your teeth even for a day can send people scurrying in the opposite direction when they see you. Experts at Kirkland Family Dentistry emphasize on how this is a leading factor of Halitosis.

Avoiding or failing to brush twice a day, not flossing regularly or using mouthwash can cause bacteria accumulation. Even if you are brushing, bacteria can still be deposited in areas where your toothbrush cannot reach. This bacteria reacts with food particles stuck between your teeth and emits a pungent odor. Now you know why your coworkers make that face when you greet them in the morning.

2. Alcohol

Alcoholics are some of the most common people to suffer from bad breath, including a number of health problems which adversely affects their digestive systems. When alcohol is consumed, it passes directly into the bloodstream through the small intestine and lining of your stomach. This route bypasses the standard digestive process, which means any harmful substances you’re ingesting are not broken down properly along the digestive chain. This harms your internal organs including the esophagus, which also causes bad breath.

Alcohol causes excessive retching and burping, which lead to a reflux of acids and chemicals from inside your body that find their way to your mouth. So alcohol is one of the leading sources of bad breath, which is particularly common in the U.S.

3. Skipping Breakfast

Saliva is a naturally occurring substance in our body that keeps the mouth, esophagus and digestive tract clean. Think of it as engine oil for your mouth and digestive system. Breaking your fast in the morning regenerates saliva so that the digestive system can continue to do its job. Skipping breakfast brings this entire process to a halt, introducing certain compounds in your mouth that not only lead to dryness but also bad breath.

Yes, skipping breakfast can be the bane of many unwanted oral conditions. The consumption of food and drink, especially in the mornings, increases saliva production, which, in turn, keeps your mouth adequately lubricated while filtering out the smelly germs from your mouth. Do remember to brush first thing in the morning and rinse properly after every meal.

All these factors contribute towards bad breath and dentists worldwide including the ones at Kirkland Family Dentistry believe that observing good oral hygiene can counter almost any dental nuisance including Halitosis.

If you are interested in learning more about bad breath, its causes, and how to remedy it properly, give us a call at (425) 822-0435 and enjoy excellent dental health and oral hygiene all year round.

Dr. Jonathan Everett
Dr. Jonathan Everett received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Washington and completed his undergraduate studies in biochemistry at Washington State University. During this time, Dr. Everett served as both the President of the American Student Dental Association chapter as well as the Student Council Vice President. As a board-member of DentPAC for the Washington State Dental Association, Dr. Everett fought to maintain the quality of dental care provided in Washington State by working with state legislators and advocating for patient-centered dentistry in Olympia.
Dr. Jonathan Everett
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