If you are not keeping up with your brushing and flossing regimen, you increase the risk of developing oral health issues such as halitosis. Having bad breath may be the result of poor oral hygiene or other health problems. Some of the common causes of breath problems include:
- Food choices
- If you eat foods like onions, cheese, fish, and garlic on a regular basis, you may have bad breath. This can be masked with mouthwash and breath mints, but the issue will not resolve until the foods have passed through your body.
- Poor oral hygiene
- Failing to brush and floss regularly can lead to bacterial buildup in the mouth, which causes breath problems.
- Lifestyle habits
- If you smoke or chew tobacco regularly, you may have chronic bad breath.
- Gum disease
- Persistent halitosis is one of the side effects of active gum disease.
Other causes of bad breath include: yeast infections in the mouth, dry mouth, poorly-fitting dental appliances, and health issues such as acid reflux or respiratory tract infections.
If you are concerned about your breath or think you may have gum disease, contact our office in Elyria or Westlake, OH for an evaluation. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Guirguis as soon as possible.