What causes bad breath?

We’ve all been embarrassed by bad breath at some point in time. For some patients, bad breath is a more chronic problem that requires an evaluation and certain treatment. Dr. Eric Wiitala and his team in Scottsdale, AZ can help patients determine the cause of their bad breath to find an appropriate solution.

What causes bad breath?

When patients visit Dr. Eric Wiitala to ask about their bad breath, we start with a proper evaluation. Bad breath, also called halitosis, is a condition that may be temporary or chronic. When chronic, it may require the assistance of our team. Below are a few of the more common causes behind bad breath:

•            Certain foods and beverages. If bad breath is temporary, it might have something to do with what a patient has recently consumed. Foods and beverages that are commonly known to cause bad breath include coffee, garlic, onions, and spicy foods. Many patients find that the easiest way to combat these smells is to use mouthwash, brush the teeth after eating, and chew sugar-free gum.

•            Tobacco. Smoking and chewing tobaccos is not only a cause of bad breath, but it can have a negative impact on one’s overall health and wellness. Smoking and chewing tobacco can stain the teeth, irritate the gum tissues, and increase one’s risk of oral cancers.

•            Periodontal disease. Patients who have been diagnosed with periodontal disease may find that halitosis can be bothersome to them. Periodontal disease often contributes to these issues and can result in bad breath that is difficult to control otherwise. Treatment of periodontal disease will often eliminate bad breath in situations such as this.

•            Dry mouth. If you are constantly dehydrated and experience dry mouth, you may also deal with halitosis. Patients who experience dry mouth regularly will want to work with their dentist to find a solution to keep the saliva flowing to flush away bacteria that can contribute to bad breath.

•            Disease. In some instances, bad breath may be linked to certain conditions such as diabetes, respiratory issues, sinus infections, and tonsillitis. By treating these issues, most patients will notice a reduction in their bad breath.

Are you struggling with chronic bad breath?

Work with Dr. Eric Wiitala and his team today to find the cause of your halitosis and evaluate your treatment options. Our practice is located at 9755 North 90th Street in Scottsdale, AZ and can be reached by phone to schedule a visit at (480) 657-6981.