Causes of Bad Breath
It’s important to distinguish between short-term bad breath and chronic bad breath. Short-term bad breath occurs because of food residue in your mouth that’s releasing scent molecules or is decomposing. This can be worsened if you are dehydrated because you’re not drinking water or are drinking too much coffee or alcohol. Brushing, flossing, and rinsing your mouth should be enough to take care of this type of bad breath. Just don’t forget to brush your tongue, and don’t use mouthwash with alcohol, which can dry your mouth, leading to more bad breath even if it conceals the smell for a while.
Chronic bad breath, on the other hand, may be a sign of something more serious. Causes include:
- Acid reflux
- Gum disease
- Infected tooth
- Tonsil stones
- Retained food
- Dry mouth
- Medications and diet
- Sleep apnea (especially linked to morning breath)
We can identify signs of acid reflux in your mouth and refer you to your doctor. We can also address many of these causes of bad breath.