Bad Breath (Halitosis)
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Halitosis or bad breath usually results from poor oral hygiene. Failure to brush and floss on a regular basis results in bacteria and food debris accumulation in the mouth. Odors can be given off by bacteria that are around the teeth, gums, and tongue and decaying food particles left in the mouth. Some bacteria may give off volatile sulfur compounds contributing to the odor.
Bad breath (halitosis) can be caused by many factors. The primary cause of bad breath is odor-producing bacteria on the back of the tongue. These bacteria generate volatile sulphur compounds and other noxious compounds from the foods you eat. In addition, poor dental hygiene, gum disease and tooth decay are causes.
Certain foods, such as onions and garlic are commonly known to cause bad breath.
Kidney disease, liver failure, and diabetes can cause your breath to have a a characteristic odor which can be unpleasant. Dry mouth caused by some prescription drugs or smoking, dieting, sinus infections, and lung infections can also cause bad breath.