Bad breath is one of the most embarrassing dental problems that you can experience. In many cases, patients with bad breath are at a loss for why they have bad breath, or they may try every mouthwash and over-the-counter remedy to no avail. Knowing the most common causes of bad breath can help you solve your problem with bad breath.
Bad breath can be caused by a dry mouth. When the mouth does not have enough saliva, it cannot wash away the bacteria, food particles, and other elements that cause bad breath. Some people suffer from medical conditions that contribute to dry mouth, and others experience dry mouth because they have jobs that require that they speak often, such as teachers, professors, business people, musician-singers, and politicians.
One common cause of bad breath is smoking. The act of smoking alone causes bad breath by changing the smell of the person’s breath. However, smoking also contributes to bad breath by causing dry mouth. Heavy alcohol use can also contribute to bad breath because usage can leave the mouth dry and the salivary glands depleted.
Having periodontal disease also contributes to bad breath. Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria that live in the mouth. When these bacteria multiply, they can cause your breath to smell foul. If you have gum disease or periodontal disease, it is very important to see a dentist right away, as this can only get worse. No amount of brushing, flossing, or rinsing will totally fix the problem, especially if bacteria is caught between or underneath the gums. You may be able to alleviate the problem, but the same processes will happen over time, resulting in damage to the gums and tooth loss.
Not having enough carbohydrates can also be a contributing factor. The break down of proteins can often leave foul smelling byproducts and this can be compounded if the body enters ketosis.
Finally, a sinus infection can cause bad breath. Although sinus infections are typically short-lived, people with chronic sinus problems may experience bad breath on a more regular basis. This is due to the bacterial buildup and drainage of the sinuses into the mouth and throat. Much of the time, the byproducts of these bacteria can be quite foul smelling.
If you often have problems with bad breath, Dr. Zadeh, Beverly Hills dentist, can help. Dr. Zadeh is a Beverly Hills periodontal treatments expert, allowing him to treat and eliminate periodontal disease. In addition, Dr. Zadeh can examine your mouth and help determine the cause of your bad breath, and provide necessary treatments.