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Causes of Halitosis

Veterinarian Reviewed on January 13, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH
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Causes of Halitosis


Halitosis or bad breath is a condition described as having a distinct, foul-smelling breath. It is caused by many factors with poor dental hygiene as one of the most common. It is recommended that a person brushes and flosses his teeth every after a meal but due to a hectic schedule and a busy lifestyle, these hygienic activities are mostly overlooked.

Bad breath is just one of the many oral hygiene problems known but it is one of the usual reasons why a person visits a dentist; other reasons may be for cleaning, filling and many other dental procedures. Halitosis may be easily treated with natural remedies plus regular visits to your dentist; you can prevent this condition from reoccurring. On the other hand, if bad breath is left untreated, it may lead to serious complications and may also lead to poor self esteem and lack of self confidence.

Causes of Halitosis

  • Poor dental hygiene is one of the leading causes of halitosis. Not brushing and flossing enough can lead to more food particles stuck in between teeth and gums that may lead to gum infections. Dentures and braces may also harbor bacteria due to food particles stuck between teeth and the appliance.
  • Foods that you eat also play an important factor in developing halitosis. Foods that have strong odors like onions and garlic can be ingested and digested in the stomach and colon which still gives a strong smell.
  • An unhealthy lifestyle like smoking tobacco, drinking alcohol and taking more caffeine than the usual can all cause bad breath. These chemicals also stain teeth.
  • Gum disease or periodontal disease can also cause bad breath as harmful bacteria in the mouth release toxins that irritate gums. Gum disease must be diagnosed and treated immediately to reduce complications.
  • Yeast infections also cause bad breath. Yeast can proliferate in the oral cavity when beneficial bacteria are not enough or not present at all.
  • Medications used to treat health problems and illnesses may also cause bad breath.
  • Dryness in the mouth caused by mouth breathing or a clinical condition may also increase a person’s risk of developing bad breath.
  • Illnesses also cause halitosis. Upper respiratory tract infections, post nasal drip, diabetes and acid reflux can all cause bad breath to develop and may only be removed after the specific illness is completely treated.

Treatments of Halitosis

A visit to a dental expert is the initial treatment for halitosis.

Your dentist can clean your teeth effectively, educate you on the proper ways to brush and floss plus prescribe medications to reduce infection if necessary.

Natural remedies involve using herbal gargles or taking infusions made from herbs that are known to have astringent and bacteria-fighting properties. A complete lifestyle overhaul is also at hand.

Stop smoking, reduce alcohol and caffeine intake to prevent halitosis form coming back. Avoid foods that can trigger halitosis or gargle with a strong mouthwash after eating them. Visit your dentist regularly to avoid teeth and gum problems that can contribute in developing halitosis.

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Paulina Nelega, RH
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan

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