Do You Have Bad Breath?

Do you have bad breath? Are you uncertain what could be causing it? If you brush your teeth often and you still have it, there could be some other underlying issue. In part one of this series, our Edmond dentist mentioned 3 possible causes for an odorous smell in your mouth. Perhaps, none of those 3 reasons fit the bill for your lifestyle. Today, we’re going to go over 3 more possibilities.

Here are 3 more possible causes of that funky breath:

Your Diet: Have you ever heard the saying “you are what you eat”? In this case, your bad breath could be caused by what you are or are not consuming. Low carb diets might be all the rage for weight loss purposes, but did you know this diet causes the fat stored in your body to be burned which can in turn cause stinky ketones.

Mouth Breathing: According to professionals, nose breathing is the most optimal way to breathe. This is true for more than one reason, but today we’re focusing on the bad breath aspect. If you’re constantly breathing in and out of your mouth your saliva will dry out, allowing bacteria to linger rather than being washed away.

Ongoing Illness: Respiratory infections aren’t the only illnesses that can cause bad breath. Surprisingly enough, Kidney and Liver diseases can yield a smell similar to fish. Additionally, acid reflux has been known to produce odorous breath.

It may be possible that you don’t know if you fall into the category of someone with bad breath. If you’re uncertain, try asking a friend to smell your breath. A more low key option would be to sniff your used dental floss. If it smells or if there is blood on the floss, then you just might have a bad breath issue.

If you need help determining the cause of your bad breath, our Edmond dentist would be happy to help. To get in touch or schedule an appointment call our Edmond dentist at 405-330-5458 or click here.