What Causes Bad Breath?

Serving Patients in Oklahoma City, Edmond, Lawton, and Norman, OK

Did you know that bad breath has a medical name? It’s called halitosis, and it’s an extremely common condition. Halitosis is most frequently caused by an over-accumulation of bacteria in the mouth, which means it often accompanies gum disease, plaque, and food debris. To get more specific, some of the different causes of bad breath include:

  • Poor dental hygiene – According to experts, 90% or more of all halitosis cases are caused by weak dental hygiene.

  • Dry mouth – If your mouth is too dry, dead cells can potentially build up inside of your mouth, which then begin to rot and produce an unpleasant smell.

  • Medications – If your medication causes dry mouth or nose (e.g. antihistamines and sinus drugs), it is more likely to cause bad breath.

  • Illnesses – 10% of all bad breath cases are the result of an illness or medical condition.

  • Smoking – Smokers are more prone to gum disease and other dental issues, which can cause bad breath.

If you are having trouble with bad breath, it may be time to take charge of your oral health again. Please contact Terry Bass, DDS today to schedule an initial consultation with our experienced Oklahoma City dentist. We also serve patients throughout the Edmond, Lawton, and Norman areas of Oklahoma.