While few people boast of waking up with fresh breath in the morning, malodorous breath throughout the day can be the result of poor dental health and even gum disease. But what exactly causes bad breath?

Foul-smelling breath can occur due to infrequent eating or consuming certain foods such as garlic and onions. Inconsistent teeth brushing or flossing can also cause plaque and food particles to build up in the mouth, leading to an increase in bacteria in the teeth and gums.

Dry mouth can also cause bad breath. Saliva helps neutralize oral acids and remove dead cells that form on the gums, cheeks, and tongue. When not enough saliva is present, these cells begin to break down, releasing a foul odor in the mouth. Additionally, poorly fitting dentures, cavities, and oral yeast infections can also cause bad tastes and foul breath to occur.

Another less common culprit of bad breath is gingivitis, also known as gum disease. Gum disease occurs when the tissue surrounding the teeth becomes infected. Gum disease is often a painless condition, which can lead many individuals to ignore the warning signs, which include red, swollen gums that bleed easily, separating teeth, and ill-fitting dentures. A persistent bad taste and bad breath are also indicators of gum disease.

If you suffer from bad breath, you may be wondering what treatment options are available. Simple remedies such as brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and using an antibacterial mouth rinse can help eliminate oral bacteria responsible for causing bad breath. Other treatments include increasing fluid intake, quitting smoking and chewing tobacco, and practicing good oral hygiene. If bad breath persists, schedule a visit with your dentist for possible causes of bad breath, as well as additional treatment options.

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