What causes bad breath?

Several factors can cause bad breath, which is more formally known as halitosis. Bad breath may be caused by:

  • Poor dental hygiene habits
  • Certain foods, such as onions, garlic, etc.
  • Dry mouth (xerostomia)
  • Dieting
  • Periodontal (gum) disease
  • Certain illnesses and medications
  • Tobacco use
  • Morning time
  • Tooth decay and cavities

Based on the cause of your bad breath, our dentists can help you find a solution.

How to cure bad breath

Because several types of illnesses and medical conditions may result in bad breath, it is important to check with your doctor and dentist to find out whether your illness or medication is causing bad breath. If you are healthy and suffer from bad breath, it may be caused by microbial deposits on the tongue. Simply brushing your tongue can reduce bad breath by as much as 70%. Another important way to prevent bad breath in Yonkers, New York, is to practice good oral hygiene; be sure to brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. Be certain to visit Drs. Stan and Amy Shih on a regular basis to make sure we treat any conditions like tooth decay and periodontal disease that may cause bad breath. Quitting smoking or chewing tobacco can improve your breath as well. To learn more about bad breath and how to prevent and treat it, call us at Westchester Family Dentistry today!