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Bad breath, which is also called halitosis, is a big downer in social situations. Sometimes having bad breath just indicates that you need to brush your teeth or use a mint, but that is not always enough. Read on for some common causes of bad breath:

Dental Problems

Bad breath is often caused by gum disease or tooth decay. Bacteria that can cause bad breath can hide in cavities and in pockets between the gums and the teeth.

Dry Mouth

Dry mouth occurs when the mouth does not produce enough saliva. Saliva is vital because it rinses and helps clean the mouth. If there is not enough saliva for this to happen properly, bad breath can be the result.

Coffee & Cigarettes

Drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes are known causes of halitosis. Both coffee and cigarettes can introduce unpleasant odors to the mouth. In addition, cigarettes can cause the growth of foul-smelling bacteria in the mouth.

Digestive Issues

Some digestive issues can cause the contents of the stomach to move back up into the esophagus. This causes discomfort as well as odorous gas to come out of the mouth.

Skipping Meals

It may come as a surprise to you, but skipping meals can cause the breath to smell unpleasant. To avoid bad breath, eat regular meals three to four hours apart.

Potent Foods

Some foods can cause bad breath. If you would like your breath to smell especially clean, avoid foods like onions, garlic, and alcohol.

Poor Dental Hygiene

Brush your teeth twice each day for at least two minutes each time. If you do not, halitosis can be the result. Brush your tongue as well for protection from bad breath.

We encourage you to contact Kootenai Family Dental at 208-966-6054 to learn more about prevention and treatment for bad breath in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and to schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Alexis LaRose.