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Why Do I Have Bad Breath?

Posted on 10/31/2023 by Weo Admin
Man testing his breath at Aesthetic Periodontal & Implant SpecialistsHaving bad breath is not something an adult wants to deal with. Bad breath can affect your relationships with coworkers, vendors, clients, and family. If you are struggling with bad breath, here are some causes and some suggestions for fixing it.

What Causes Bad Breath?

Bad breath can be caused by a number of factors. Here are the most common.

Periodontal Disease

If you have noticed that your bad breath has been getting worse over time, it may be that you are suffering from periodontal disease. Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is when your gums become infected with bacteria. One of the earliest signals of worsening gum disease is bad breath. Luckily, if you have periodontal disease, you can lower your chances of having bad breath by getting your teeth and gums deep cleaned. Deep cleaning gums four times a year helps to reduce plaque and tartar, and your gums will be healthier overall.


Another common reason you may have bad breath is due to medication. Many common medications for allergies, anxiety, and depression, and cancer medications can cause bad breath. One way to combat this is to increase your fluid intake. Medication often causes dry mouth, which means the bacteria in your mouth multiply in greater numbers without saliva to wash them out of your mouth. Drinking a lot of water is a great way to hydrate your mouth and reduce the bacteria that cause bad breath.

Dental Habits

If you have bad breath, you may want to change the way you brush and floss. Most people brush and floss their teeth twice a day. If you have bad breath, you may want to carry a portable toothbrush and flossers with you so that you can brush and floss after meals and snacks.

If you struggle with bad breath and you don't see any relief in sight, you may want to consult with the dentist. They may have additional suggestions for combatting bad breath.

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