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5 Most Surprising Reasons for Bad Breath

Posted on Nov 10, 2014 11:38:37 AM by Jeff Rubel

5 Most Surprising Reasons for Bad Breath | Coral West DentalIt’s an unpleasant condition to deal with, both for the person who has it, and the people who have to interact with them: bad breath. Its official name is “halitosis” and it’s also officially one of the most misunderstood conditions. A person with bad breath doesn’t necessarily have poor oral hygiene (although that can certainly be a cause). Here is a list of the most surprising things that can result in bad breath:

  1. Acid reflux

Aside from being a terrible digestive condition that affects at least seven million Americans, acid reflux (also known as GERD) can be a definite cause of bad breath. The acid rising from within your digestive system and up to your throat can cause unpleasant odors.

  1. Post-nasal drip or other sinus issues

If you have chronic unmanaged allergies, or a different untreated nasal infection, it can definitely cause bad breath. Just remember with sinus issues: any unpleasant stuff that comes out of your nose is just as likely to drip down the back of your throat. See how that could lead to bad breath?

  1. Internal diseases

Chronic internal diseases such as diabetes and liver disease can be a source of bad breath. When diabetes sufferers experience problems breaking down sugar, their bodies use fat instead, which causes the release of ketones. That release of ketones can lead directly to bad breath.

  1. Untreated dental problems

We’re not talking about normal oral hygiene issues – you’re likely familiar with those. But did you know that impacted teeth, broken fillings and cavities can also cause bad breath? These conditions are unhealthy for your mouth, and the bad breath is your body’s way of making that known.

  1. Gum disease

You might have thought gum disease just led to cavities and a scolding from your dentist; but the truth is, gum disease can be a definite cause of bad breath. One of the main problems with gum disease is how often people don’t realize they have it. You could brush regularly and still be afflicted with gum disease, if you’re not faithfully flossing and visiting the dentist.

If you experience bad breath and it’s coupled with another symptom, such as loose permanent teeth, or bleeding or red, swollen gums, it could be an indication of gum disease. If you would like to read more and find out if your bad breath could possibly be an indication of anything potentially more serious, please download our free eBook below "7 Step Checklist to Determine if You Have Gum Disease."

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