Why Does My Breath Stink? Contributing Factors To Halitosis (Bad Breath)


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Why Does My Breath Stink? Contributing Factors To Halitosis (Bad Breath)

If you’ve noticed that your breath is smelly, and you’re still struggling to keep your breath fresh even while doing things like chewing gum, using mouthwash, or using breath freshening spray, you may be wondering why this is happening. Why does your breath stink, and how can you deal with this issue? Find out now in this blog from Dulles Life Smiles.

1. Improper Oral Hygiene

First, let’s start with the basics. Brushing twice per day and flossing once per day is essential for keeping your breath fresh, as it eliminates food particles that oral bacteria feed on, and an excess of oral bacteria can lead to smelly, stinky breath.

It’s best to brush once at night after your last meal of the day, then to brush once in the morning after breakfast. Make sure you’re brushing for at least two minutes with fluoride toothpaste, and floss at least once per day. Proper oral hygiene can reduce or eliminate bad breath completely.

2. Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)

If you brush and floss regularly but still find that your breath is stinky, you may have dry mouth, also known as “xerostomia.” In this condition, you don’t produce enough saliva, which means you can’t rinse away food particles and bacteria from your mouth. In turn, this results in a higher population of oral bacteria, which contributes to bad breath.

This can be caused by certain medications for high blood pressure or urinary conditions, and also due to chronic health issues like type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Your mouth also may be dry if you tend to “mouth breathe,” or do not drink enough water throughout the day.

3. Smoking Or Oral Tobacco Use

Smoking can cause dry mouth by impairing the production of saliva. In addition, smoking cigarettes and cigars or using chewing tobacco can make your breath smelly due to the strong scent and flavors of the tobacco, further worsening your bad breath.

4. Gum Disease

Gum disease is another common cause of halitosis. Gum disease damages your gums and causes periodontal “pockets” to form between your teeth and gums. Over time, bacteria-filled plaque and tartar and food particles can get trapped in these pockets, causing bad breath.

Other signs of gum disease include swelling of the gums, gum irritation and discoloration, and bleeding when brushing or flossing. See a dentist like Dr. Gino right away if you think you have gum disease. The sooner you get care, the easier it will be to resolve your condition with proper periodontal care.

5. GERD (Gastric Reflux)

Gastric reflux causes bile, stomach acid, and stomach contents to be regurgitated up your esophagus, which can potentially contribute to bad breath. GERD also can wear down your rear teeth prematurely, as stomach acid can damage and destroy your tooth enamel.

Need Help With Halitosis? Come To Dulles Life Smiles Today!

If you’re not sure what’s causing your breath to stink and you need help, Dulles Life Smiles is here for you. Bad breath can often indicate a number of oral health or overall health issues, and it’s important to get a proper diagnosis for your issue. So don’t wait. Contact Dulles Life Smiles online or give us a call at 703-783-2425 for an appointment with Dr. Gino, and get the care you need in Ashburn.


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