Bad breath affects about one-fourth of the population. The usual culprit is bad dental hygiene, which can be alleviated quite easily. However, there are several other causes for halitosis, a medical term for bad breath.
Quick Facts About Bad Breath
- Bad breath affects 1 in 4 people globally
- When particles of food are left in the mouth, they release sulfur molecules as they decompose.
- Drinking water can reduce mouth odor
- The best way to keep bad breath under control is by flossing, brushing, and seeing your dentist regularly.
Common Causes For Bad Breath
Halitosis is the third most reason people seek dental care. Factors that can worsen bad breath are smoking, eating food that contains garlic, alcoholic drinks, and coffee. Simple home remedies can alleviate bad breath. However, some cases require a dentist consultation.
Halitosis can also be caused by certain health conditions and only a doctor can evaluate and treat these causes of bad breath. The following health conditions can cause halitosis:
- Gum diseases such as gingivitis and periodontal disease
- Dry mouth; this can be caused by medication or condition called xerostomia
- Acid reflux
- Certain cancers
- Liver disease
Rare Causes For Bad Breath
Other rare health conditions can cause bad breath. If you have bad breath, this is likely due to bad dental hygiene or food. However, this isn’t always the case. This is why it’s important to see a dentist regularly.
- Aspiration Pneumonia — The swelling and infection of the lungs.
- Ketoacidosis — This is caused by low insulin levels in diabetics. Since the body is unable to breakdown sugar, the body begins to break down its own fat stores. Ketones are released into the blood which can be toxic. They eventually cause bad breath.
- Bowel Obstruction — This condition causes your breath to smell like feces.
- Bronchiectasis — A condition where mucus builds up in the lungs that leads to bad breath.
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