Understanding Bad Breath


Bad breath is often considered a hygiene issue, and like body odor, people are too embarrassed to speak about it. It’s a cause of concern as it’s more than just a hygiene problem. As part of your health and wellness, it’s essential to understand bad breath and its causes.

What causes bad breath?

The medical terminology for bad breath is halitosis, and it can be caused by a number of factors.


We’re well aware that garlic and raw onions cause bad breath. Their potent flavor and aroma lead to bad breath. Other foods can also cause temporary bad breath, like coffee, fragrant food, and spicy food. Brushing your teeth and having mint can get rid of this temporary odor.


Smoking leads to bad breath. In general, tobacco is bad for your health. It can also lead to oral cancers, irritate gums, and stain teeth as well. If you smoke or use tobacco, consider giving it up for better health.

Dental problems

Other than poor oral hygiene, bad breath points towards dental issues. Cavities are known to cause a particular odor, along with gum disease and tooth decay. Visit a dentist when you notice bad breath even after maintaining good oral hygiene.

Dry mouth

Dry mouth is when your mouth isn’t producing as much saliva as it needs. This is a result of medication, smoking, breathing through the mouth, or other underlying health conditions like diabetes. Dry mouth leads to bad breath. Visit a dentist to discuss this issue; they’ll be able to assess your lifestyle and determine the next step.

Other causes

There are a number of other reasons why you might have developed unexplainable bad breath like:

· Certain cancers

· Metabolic disorders

· Acid reflux

Bad breath can be a serious issue. Visit Advanced Dental Center in Germantown. Our experts provide periodontal maintenance to help with bad breath.

Our team has been serving families in Germantown for the past 15 years. We provide high-quality dental care to families and children. Visit us for teeth whitening in Germantown. Our Rockville dental clinic also provides dental extractions. Get in touch with us at (301) 353-8890 to book an appointment. Read our COVID-19 policy before booking an appointment with us.