What should I do if I have bad breath?

Bad breath (halitosis) can be an unpleasant and embarrassing condition.  Many of us may not realize that we have bad breath, but everyone has it from time to time, especially in the morning.

There are various reasons one may have bad breath, but in healthy people, the major reason is due to microbial deposits on the tongue, especially the back of the tongue.  Some studies have shown that simply brushing the tongue reduced bad breath by as much as 70 percent.

What may cause bad breath?

  • Morning time – Saliva flow almost stops during sleep and its reduced cleansing action allows bacteria to grow, causing bad breath.
  • Certain foods – Garlic, onions, etc.  Foods containing odor-causing compounds enter the blood stream; they are transferred to the lungs, where they are exhaled.
  • Poor oral hygiene habits – Food particles remaining in the mouth promote bacterial growth.
  • Periodontal (gum) disease – Colonies of bacteria and food debris residing under inflamed gums.
  • Dental cavities and improperly fitted dental appliances – May also contribute to bad breath.
  • Dry mouth (Xerostomia) – May be caused by certain medications, salivary gland problems, or continuous mouth breathing.
  • Tobacco products – Dry the mouth, causing bad breath.
  • Dieting – Certain chemicals called ketones are released in the breath as the body burns fat.
  • Dehydration, hunger, and missed meals – Drinking water and chewing food increases saliva flow and washes bacteria away.
  • Certain medical conditions and illnesses – Diabetes, liver and kidney problems, chronic sinus infections, bronchitis, and pneumonia are several conditions that may contribute to bad breath.

Keeping a record of what you eat may help identify the cause of bad breath.  Also, review your current medications, recent surgeries, or illnesses with you dentist.


Are you looking for a Tinley Park Dentist?

Are you looking for a Tinley Park Dentist?

Dr. Philip Cole and Dr. Robert Stanford of the Dentistry & Implantology Group of Orland Park have now served Tinley Park patients since 1980. They are proud to be a part of a growing community. As the area has grown, the Tinley Park area dental practice has as well. It provides state-of-the-art dental care in a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere.

Read more about how the Tinley Park dentists are using the latest technology and perks for your comfort.

Services they can provide for your entire family range from preventive care to cosmetic dentistry, veneers, implants, orthodontic treatment including braces and Invisalign, one-hour and at-home teeth whitening, digital x-rays, dentures, and crowns.

You will feel at home in their office.  Enjoy your favorite TV show during treatment, listen to headphones, gaze out the window to watch the birds at their feeders – your appointment will speed right by!

Philip Cole, DDS & Robert Stanford, DDS
The Dentistry & Implantology Group of Orland Park
10730 W. 165th Street
Orland Park, IL 60467