What Causes Bad Breath?

There’s no single answer, but advanced gum disease is a primary culprit because bacteria can gather in pockets that form around the teeth, releasing unpleasant odors.

Even before serious gum disease sets in, poor oral hygiene can contribute to this social embarrassment.

Onions, garlic, and similar foods can also cause bad breath by releasing oils into the bloodstream which travel to the lungs and are exhaled. A denture can trap food and plaque, leading to the odors. Brushing your dentures daily and soaking them every night in a cleaning solution helps avoid these problems. In addition, some illnesses, including diabetes, tuberculosis, and kidney and liver disorders, may also lead to bad breath. We can determine if the problem is of dental origin, and if not, we will direct you to a physician fir further evaluation and treatment.

Some ADA-accepted products (e.g., anti-gingivitis mouthrinses) also have been shown to reduce bad breath.

Be sure to bush your tongue, including the back of your tongue, daily to remove bacteria. If you continue to have bad breath, consult us at Belmar Smiles. We may be able to offer you other treatments.  You can reach us at 303-935-3574 or [email protected].

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