3 Common Causes of Bad Breath that You Didn’t Know About

Did that garlic in last night’s spaghetti have your breath smelling really bad the next morning? Or maybe your newest prescription medicine has left a bad taste in your mouth?

No matter the cause, many people will experience bad breath at some point in their lives. Sometimes things can cause the bacteria in your mouth to go all out of wack and leave your breath smelling not so fresh.

So, here are 3 common causes of bad breath that you probably didn’t know about.

Tonsil Stones

Tonsil stones are the accumulation of bacteria and debris inside of the grooves of your tonsils. This accumulation of bacteria and debris eventually hardens and forms white or yellow calcified lumps inside of your tonsils. While they are relatively harmless they can cause:

  • Foul odor
  • Sore throat
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Tonsil swelling
  • Ear pain

While an antibiotic can be prescribed for tonsil stones and surgery can be performed for larger tonsil stone extraction, there are a few simple remedies that you can use to extract them yourselves. Such as:

Apple cider vinegar

Cotton swab

Salt water gargling

Proper dental hygiene

Oil pulling


Staying hydrated

So, if you think tonsil stones are the leading cause of your bad breath, a few of those remedies should help to give you relief from the unwanted smell.

Digestive System Disorders

It seems odd that bad breath can be caused by a problem in your gut but many cases of bad breath come from problems in the digestive system. There are two ways this can happen:

1. Air can move up from your stomach into the esophagus and into the oral cavities causing bad breath, such as what happens when you are bloated, constipated or have gas

2. An overall general imbalance in the gut can create bad breath, such as GERDs (reflux) or GORDs (chronic reflux).

Most people aren’t really aware when problems with their gut is creating havoc elsewhere until things have got out of hand. One key diagnostic tool that can tell you if your digestive system has been compromised is your tongue. A thickly coated tongue can be an indication of a weak or malfunctioning digestive system.

Some symptoms of a compromised gut can be:

  • Thickly coated tongue
  • Dry mouth
  • Toxin overload
  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Constipation

Despite the cause, getting your digestive system balanced can be done with many simple home remedies such as:

Oil pulling

Probiotics and fermented foods

Digestive enzymes

Tongue scrapper

Staying hydrated

Green tea

While these remedies may take a while for you to see results, your gut and your breath will be very appreciative in the end.

Poor Dental Hygiene

Poor dental hygiene is one of the leading causes of bad breath. The problem is a lot of people don’t take care of their mouths as well as they should. For some, a simple brushing once day can suffice.

Here’s the thing: that’s not enough. For good oral hygiene, you should brush more than once daily, preferably after every meal to rid yourself of any bad bacteria or food particles. You should also floss daily. Not doing either one of these things as much as you need to cause plaque buildup on your teeth. And if not brushed away, plaque can eventually build up between your teeth and gums. Not to mention, your tongue is more likely to harbor loads of bad bacteria if not brushed away effectively.

So take the time out and look at your dental hygiene routine and see if you could be doing more to have those pearly whites and fresh breath you’ve always wanted.

Dr. Lin has a wonderful article on 11 types of bad breath and their causes, just in case your bad breath may be coming from another source.

However, if you find that your bad breath just won’t let up or your having little success with home remedies, that might be indicative of a more serious issue.

No matter what your case, is Exquisite Smile is here to help.

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