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Most Common Causes of Bad Breath

December 12, 2018 | Blog

Okay let’s face it – sometimes all the toothpaste and mouthwash in the world just won’t get rid of that halitosis. Halitosis is the technical term for “bad breath”. Luckily, if you have found yourself with a case of stubborn bad breath, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have poor hygiene. Here are some of the most common causes of bad breath.


The easiest way to flush out food and bacteria from your mouth? Water. If you aren’t drinking enough water daily to rinse your mouth, then it may be the cause of your halitosis.

Another Illness

The body is one big cohesive unit working together. Therefore, if we get sick or ill, it tends to result in a snowball effect. If your bad breath is persistent, it may be time to consult your physician about any other possible health issues. The most common illnesses linked to halitosis are tonsilitis, heart disease or even throat/ oral cancer.

Dry Mouth

Whether you have been diagnosed with Xerostomia or just well aware that your mouth is drier than it should be, this could be the cause of your bad breath problems. We need salvia for lubrication to help prevent cavities and flush out bacteria.

P.S.: If you often find yourself outdoors, this may be increasing your dry mouth problem.

Not Keeping Up with Regular Dentist Visits

Brushing, flossing, and rinsing are all great ways to keep up with your daily dental cleaning. However, your bad breath could be linked to not seeing your dentist for a regular deep clean and cavity check. Not only will a dentist get your teeth feeling brand new, but the dentist can also double check gum and dental health that may link to halitosis.

Call Gulf Coast Dental today to set up your next visit, or fill out the form to request an appointment!

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