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What Causes Bad Breath?

Published on November 30th, 2018

No matter how diligently we brush our teeth, some of us may still struggle with bad breath. If you’re someone who’s self-conscious of your breath more often than you’d like, you’re not alone. Everyone deals with bad breath in some way or another, but not always for the same reason. Our South Loop dentist will help you get to the bottom of what might be causing your bad breath.

Your Meal Choice

What you eat has a big effect on how your breath smells. As you probably know, certain drinks and snacks are notorious for leaving behind an unappetizing taste and smell. In fact, coffee, onions, and garlic are some of the leading causes of bad breath in adults. To help mitigate this, try using breath mints, mouth wash, or carry around a portable toothbrush to smell minty fresh.

Dry Mouth

If you feel dehydrated or in serious need of a glass of water, this could be a sign that your mouth is not producing enough saliva. Saliva acts as a natural mouthwash, working 24/7 to cleanse your mouth and remove bacteria. Without the proper amount of saliva to clean, you won’t smell as fresh as you’d like.

Lingering Bacteria

You guessed it, bacteria are a main culprit of bad breath. Your mouth acts a breeding ground for the hundreds of naturally occurring bacteria that live there. Bacteria feeds on the food left behind after you eat, which leaves a bad scent on your breath.

If you think the cause of your bad breath might be something more serious, don’t wait. Contact your South Loop dentist today for an expert opinion.

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