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Bad breath, like many other dental issues, can be quite mysterious. This is often because there are many causes that create the odorous breath, and it can leave many people frustrated and confused. To help you solve the mystery of bad breath, Dr. James N. Aldridge Jr. is happy to tell you about the causes many people overlook.

The first secretive cause of bad breath is happy hour. This is because alcohol can severely dry out your mouth, and a dry environment encourages the bacteria in the mouth to linger and cause problems, like bad breath. Caffeinated drinks, spicy foods, and cigarettes can cause bad breath, too. It’s best to cut these things out of your life if you want a fresher breath—or at least drink a lot of water or chew gum regularly.

The second secretive cause of bad breath is a low-carb diet. When you have a low-carb, high-protein diet, your body tends to burn fat for energy. This creates compounds called ketones. These compounds are known to cause odorous breath. If you want to maintain a fresh breath, it’s best to regularly chew sugar-free gum when you’re on this diet.

The third secretive cause of bad breath is the common cold. This is the case because odor-causing bacteria like to feed off mucus and send poor smells out of the mouth. A cold is also likely to cause bad breath because a stuffy nose typically makes you breathe through your mouth, which makes it dry. Dry mouth is a common and frequent cause of bad breath. It’s best to rest and drink plenty of water.

To learn more about bad breath in Huntington, West Virginia, or to meet with your dentist about an oral health concern, please call our office at 304-523-3666 and schedule an appointment. Our dental team will be more than happy to help you so you can achieve the fresh breath you deserve!