Halitosis, the technical term for bad breath, is something that plagues many people.  Nobody wants to be labeled as “that person” in the room, but why is it that some folks seem to have worse breath than others?  Here are the top 10 things that can lead to build up and odor producing bacteria in the mouth!

  1. Food and Drink(garlic, onions, coffee, alcohol)
  2. Medications(these can leave your mouth dry)
  3. Tongue Piercings
  4. Chronic Dry Mouth
  5. Dentures
  6. Sinus problems
  7. Acid Reflux
  8. Tobacco
  9. Health Problems(the mouth’s bacteria is connected to gut health)
  10. Poor Oral Hygiene—This is the MOST common cause and the MOST preventable too!

Fortunately, there are simple ways to prevent suffering from extreme halitosis: see your dentist regularly, brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, drink lots of water, and be aware of what you consume and how that affects your overall, oral health!