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Having bad breath can be so embarrassing and can hinder your social life. You may try using gum, mouthwash, mints, and other products to counteract bad breath. However, these are only temporary solutions. A better solution is to counteract the underlying cause of bad breath, which is also called halitosis. So, what are the causes of bad breath?

Certain Foods
Some foods, like onions, some spices, and garlic, can cause halitosis. After these foods are digested, they enter the bloodstream and are carried to the lungs, thus affecting your breath.

Infection
Infections in the mouth from tooth decay, gum disease, or mouth sores can cause bad breath.

Dry Mouth
Saliva helps to clean your mouth. Saliva flow removes bacteria and food particles that can cause unpleasant odors. If you have dry mouth, the saliva flow is decreased, so halitosis can result. “Morning breath” occurs because dry mouth is a natural occurrence during sleep.

Some Medications
Unfortunately, some medicines can cause or worsen dry mouth. Because of this, they can indirectly cause halitosis.

Tobacco Products
Those who smoke or chew tobacco often have a residual tobacco scent on their breath as well as the buildup of odor-causing bacteria inside the oral cavity.

We invite you to contact Country Club Dental at 530.677.4457 to learn more about the causes of bad breath and to schedule your appointment with Drs. Afshar and Afshar. Our dentists and team in Cameron Park, California, are excited to serve you!