The reasons behind bad breath The reasons behind bad breath

The reasons behind bad breath

Armony in health 21 November, 2017 Maria Clara Restrepo E.


Cavities, gingivitis, gum disease, fillings, abscesses or digestive issues are some of the potential reasons behind halitosis (bad breath).

An estimated 90% of clinically treated cases of halitosis are caused orally as a result of bacteria that can be found on the tongue, teeth or gums due to poor hygiene or to one of the reasons mentioned above. These cases are also often due to how the body is functioning. To find the exact cause, it is important to visit your dentist.

If having bad breath is found to be disease related, it is best to treat the disease in order to fight its undesired side effect. May also interest you in Oral health: a reflection of your personal health

When bad breath is due to poor oral health, treatment involves improving your oral hygiene practices. The U.S. National Library of Medicine offers the following recommendations:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with toothpaste that contains fluoride.
  • Use dental floss or a similar product to clean between your teeth every day.
  • Be smart about what you eat: limit eating sugary foods between meals.
  • Do not smoke or chew tobacco.
  • See your dentist or other oral health professional regularly.

Among children, there is a greater number of cases of halitosis due to ear, nose or throat issues such as adenoidal or tonsillar hypertrophy and nasal obstruction issues.