Do you have bad breath? Bad breath, which is also known as halitosis, can occur because of bad dental habits and can indicate other health problems. Halitosis can be worsened by eating certain types of foods. This is because food is absorbed into your bloodstream and moves into the lungs, affecting the air you exhale. The following can cause or worsen bad breath:

  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Cheese
  • Pastrami
  • Some spices
  • Orange juice or soda
  • Alcohol
  • Not eating often enough

Certain dental issues can cause halitosis as well. Saliva cleanses the mouth. Because of this, dry mouth, or not having enough saliva, can cause bad breath. If you do not clean your mouth thoroughly every day, bad breath can occur from bits of rotting food and bacterial growth in your mouth. Gingivitis, or gum disease, can also cause bad breath. Some health problems that can cause bad breath include pneumonia, bronchitis, chronic sinus infections, diabetes, acid reflux, and kidney problems.

Our dentists, Drs. Fethke and Pottenger can treat bad breath in Boise, Idaho. Visit our office often and we can perform an oral exam and teeth cleaning. During this appointment, we can detect what is causing halitosis and suggest treatments. We welcome you to contact High Desert Dental today to learn more and to schedule an appointment.