Halitosis is another word for “bad
breath”. The most common cause is bacteria. Because the mouth is
moist and warm, it creates perfect conditions for the millions of bacteria that
live in the mouth. In fact, approximately 80% of bad breath is caused by
something in the mouth.
Some types of bad breath, such as
"morning mouth," are considered fairly normal and are not usually
health concerns. However, persistent bad breath may be a sign of more serious
Bad breath may be caused by the following:
Poor dental hygiene
Infections in the mouth such as periodontal (gum) disease
Foods such as garlic, onions, and coffee, as well as cigarettes and chewing tobacco
Salivary gland problems or breathing through the mouth
Illnesses such as diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease, lung disease, sinus disease, reflux disease, respiratory-tract infections, throat infections, sinus infections
Call our office promptly if you have bad breath with painful, swollen gums that bleed easily or loose teeth.