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What are the causes of Bad Breath?
Most bad breath starts in your mouth, and there are many possible causes.
1. Food. The breakdown of food particles in and around your teeth can increase bacteria and cause a foul odor. Eating certain foods, such as onions, garlic and spices also can cause bad breath. After you digest these foods, they enter your bloodstream, are carried to your lungs and affect your breath.
2. Tobacco products. Smoking causes its own unpleasant mouth odor. Smokers and oral tobacco users are also more likely to have gum disease, another source of bad breath.
3. Poor dental hygiene. If you don’t brush and floss daily, food particles remain in your mouth, causing bad breath.
4. Dry mouth. Saliva helps cleanse your mouth, removing particles that cause bad odors. A condition called dry mouth can contribute to bad breath because production of saliva is decreased.
5. Medications. Some medications can indirectly produce bad breath by contributing to dry mouth.
6. Infections in your mouth. Bad breath can be caused by surgical wounds after oral surgery, such as tooth removal, or as a result of tooth decay, gum disease or mouth sores.
7. Other mouth, nose and throat conditions. Bad breath can occasionally stem from small stones that form in the tonsils and are covered with bacteria that produce odor. Infections or chronic inflammation in the nose, sinuses or throat, which can contribute to postnasal drip, also can cause bad breath.
8. Other causes. Diseases, such as some cancers, and conditions such as metabolic disorders, can cause a distinctive breath odor as a result of chemicals they produce.