What causes bad breath? Request a visit today

No one wants to be told they have bad breath. Social situations are quickly made awkward when adults realize they’ve been speaking to others with bad breath. But did you know that good oral health can dramatically reduce problems associated with halitosis? Drs. Keri Smith and David Hiebert of NW Heights Dental of Portland, Oregon are here to help patients find ways to reduce the risk of bad breath and enjoy socializing once again!

What causes bad breath?

There are many factors that can contribute to the development of halitosis. Halitosis can be chronic or temporary, depending on the cause. Below are just a few of the more common reasons bad breath develops:

  • Certain foods. There are a wide variety of foods that are notorious for causing bad breath, including onions, garlic, and coffee. Avoiding these odorous foods is sometimes the first step in reducing the risk of bad breath.
  • Periodontal disease. Patients with periodontal disease, or “gum disease,” often have bacteria in the mouth that can contribute to bad breath. With a proper diagnosis of periodontal disease and effective treatment, many patients will find their bad breath to subside.
  • Dry mouth. Patients with dry mouth are not only uncomfortable due to the lack of saliva in the mouth, which can naturally wash away food particles from the surfaces of the teeth and gums. Saliva also keeps the oral cavity hydrated. Low levels of saliva contribute to dry mouth as well as bad breath.
  • Certain medical conditions. Patients who have been diagnosed with certain medical conditions may also have an increased risk of experiencing halitosis, including those with chronic sinus infections, diabetes, and acid reflux disease, or GERD. By addressing these medical conditions, many patients will notice their halitosis reduce dramatically as a result.

Request a visit today

If you reside in the area of Portland, Oregon and want to speak to a professional about addressing bad breath, now is the time to call the front office to make an appointment at (503) 646-1463. At NW Heights Dental of Portland, we understand the embarrassment that comes with bad breath, and we want to help you in addressing the problem effectively.

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