5 Things You Don’t Know Cause Bad Breath

virginia-beach-dentist-bad-breathDo you experience frequent bad breath? Does it seem like you have exhausted every remedy out there from mouthwash to breath spray, and even gum and mints, but still aren’t getting any relief? Well, it could be that you are trying to cover up the problem instead of tackling it at its source. Take a look at a few of these little known reasons why you might be experiencing chronic bad breath to see if one of them could be the cause.

Skipping Breakfast

We all might experience “morning breath” from time to time, but skipping breakfast can actually help perpetuate that unpleasant morning mouth odor well into the day. Eating helps to stimulate saliva production and it also helps to scrub the bacteria from the tongue, so by skipping breakfast you are more likely to allow the bacteria that accumulated on your tongue overnight to linger a little longer than it should, resulting in bad breath.

Heavy Drinking

Excessive alcohol consumption can actually dry out your mouth, which is one major factor in unpleasant breath. When you drink in excess, dry mouth (also known as Xerostomia) can occur. Saliva is necessary to moisten the mouth, neutralize acids, and wash away dead cells that accumulate on tongue, gums and cheeks, but if dry mouth is experienced, these cells decompose and can cause bad breath. If you think you may have dry mouth, contributing to your bad breath, and are not sure why, consider contacting the professionals at blank, for a consultation to determine the cause and plan a course of action.


Foods that encourage the growth of bacteria, such as those high in protein and dairy products, for example, can lead to potential bad breath. Diets that are excessively low in carbs generally burn more fat in your body, which creates toxic-smelling ketones, also contributors to foul smelling breath.

Gum Disease

Believe it or not, it has been estimated that as many as 80% of Americans will experience some stage of gum disease at some point in their lives. Gum disease is formed by the buildup of plaque on the teeth, which harbors toxin-creating bacteria. This bacteria causes bad breath and if left untreated, can irritate the gums and ultimately cause permanent damage to the gums and jawbone. If you think you could be suffering from gum disease, consider consulting an expert at blank to find out what you can do to stop the progression of the disease and get you back on track with a healthier mouth and better smelling breath.


The same bacteria that causes bad breath in gum disease is the same odor-causing bacteria found in excess in your mouth when you have cavities. Because cavities are essentially rotting teeth, the smell of decay can also cause foul breath. Just because you are not in pain doesn’t mean you don’t have cavities. Visiting a dental physician regularly will reduce your chance of getting cavities, help you to get them taken care of quickly if you do have them, and work to reduce the bad breath you may be experiencing as a result.

All-in-all, if you feel like you have perpetual bad breath and are not able to get it under control, contact our dental professionals at Good Neighbor Dental to determine what could be the cause and we will plan a course of action to take care of your bad breath for good! We have dentist office locations in Virginia Beach (Redmill dentist office and Great Neck dentist office), Chesapeake, Hampton, and Newport News.

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