Many things can cause a temporary oral odor. Common culprits
include smoking, coffee, onions, and garlic. A dry mouth can also contribute.
Think “morning breath,” especially if you are a snorer or mouth breather. If
you take medication that dries out your mouth, be sure to drink plenty of
water. Sugar-free gum or hard candies can also help.
Another common cause of bad breath, also known as halitosis,
is poor oral hygiene. This is because food particles between the teeth can
cause a bad odor.
If you struggle with bad breath, the first step is to
improve your home hygiene routine. Floss daily and brush after every meal.
Invest in and use a tongue scraper. Use antiseptic mouthwash each time you
brush. If bad breath continues, it could be a sign something more serious is
going on. It is time to see your dentist for a thorough examination.
The most common causes of chronic halitosis are periodontal
disease, oral yeast infection, and cavities. Other illnesses, however, such as
diabetes, a sinus infection, strep throat, and acid reflux, can be the problem.