Is it what You Eat?
As foods are digested and absorbed into the bloodstream, they are eventually carried to your lungs and given off in your breath, according to WebMD.
Certain foods may increase bad breath. Garlic and onions are known culprits in the bad breath battle, but according to Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center, any food that becomes “absorbed into the bloodstream, become transferred into the lungs, and are expelled in the air you breathe. Until that food becomes eliminated by the body, it has the potential to affect a person’s breath.”
Even if these foods are avoided, bad breath may still be present. Other oral health issues such as gingivitis or periodontal disease may cause halitosis.
Should You Go to The Dentist?
Periodontal disease’s main symptoms are a “foul, odorous breath, and an unpleasant taste in the mouth. This condition requires immediate care by an oral health professional,” according to the Ohio State University medical website.
Xerostomia, more commonly known as dry mouth, may cause bad breath, too. This condition may occur if the salivary glands are not producing enough saliva. Bacteria are then able to cultivate in the mouth and produce a smelly odor.
It is Your Medication?
Some people experience bad breath as a result of a health condition or a medication they are taking. It can be a result of a respiratory infection, diabetes, or kidney or liver issues.
Do you Smoke?
If the above-mentioned reasons are not the cause of the foul breath, tobacco might be the reason. Tobacco can cause mouth irritation, gum disease, oral cancer, not to mention stained teeth and a loss in our mouth’s ability to sense taste.
If you have any of these concerns please contact us for an evaluation!
J.C. Duncan Family Dentistry
103 Commerce Center Drive Suite 101
Huntersville, NC 28078 Phone: (704) 948-1300