What causes bad breath? (bad breath series part 1)

What causes bad breath? (bad breath series part 1)

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Hi, I’m Dr. Austgen and today we’re going
to talk about bad breath, also known as halitosis. Bad breath is one of those things that nobody
wants to talk about but everybody’s worried about. It’s kind of a social taboo and it’s
a cause of anxiety for many people. The problem with bad breath is that it’s difficult
to assess. Some people have it and don’t realize it. And other people don’t have but they are
constantly obsessing that they do. That’s why there’s products on tons of store shelves
claiming to take care of bad breath and help eliminate it. The problem with these products
is they don’t treat the underlying cause. So let’s talk about the things that cause
bad breath. Most bad breath starts in your mouth but there are other possibilities such
as infection from your nose and throat, certain medications or diseases and conditions such
as acid reflux or diabetes. We all know that certain foods such as onions
and garlic, and even spices can cause bad breath. Those things enter our blood stream
after digestion and they get carried to the lungs therefore affecting your breath. But
food can also be broken down into small particles and they get in and around teeth and they
cause an increase in bacteria that lead to foul odor. The use of tobacco products can also cause
bad breath. Smoking in and of itself causes an unpleasant odor in the mouth. But it can
also lead to things such as gum disease. Having poor oral hygiene can also affect the
way your breath smells. If you don’t brush and floss your teeth properly, you can have
those food particles remaining in the mouth that will promote bacterial growth and ultimately
lead to bad breath. Some people can also have dental disease such
as decay or gum disease. When you have decay, that bacteria doesn’t just stay on that one
tooth. It can spread to other areas of your mouth. Another thing that you can have is something
called dry mouth, also known as xerostomia. Our body naturally produces saliva that helps
to self-cleanse our mouths. If we don’t have it, we’re unable to remove that plaque and
food debris that tends to stick to the teeth and the gum tissues. In part two of this video, we are going to
discuss things you can do affecting your everyday lifestyle that will help eliminate bad breath. This is Dr. Austgen from Southeast Family
Dental.

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