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Bad breath is a common issue. But it still can be annoying. Eliminating it can prove challenging to some. This is because some causes of bad breath are not well known, and their treatments therefore go unrecognized. To help you discern these causes, Dr. Bertoglio and our dental team are excited to share the details with you.

One cause of bad breath is happy hour. Alcohol can give you more than just a hangover; in fact, it can severely dry out your mouth so that bacteria lingers and cause issues—particularly bad breath. Caffeinated drinks, spicy foods, and cigarettes can dry out your mouth too. If you want fresher breath, limit or eliminate your intake of these foods and beverages.

Another little-known reason for bad breath is a low-carb diet. When you greatly reduce the amount of carbohydrates in your diet and boost your protein intake, your body naturally burns fat for energy. This process creates compounds called ketones, which create bad breath as a side effect. If you want to maintain your diet and a pristine breath, you’ll need to chew sugar-free gum after each meal.

One final oft unrecognized cause is illness — specifically mucus related infections like the common cold and bronchitis. This is because odor-causing bacteria like to feed off mucus. Also, if you have a stuffy nose, you are likely to breathe out of your nose, which eliminates some of your mouth-washing saliva, allowing bad bacteria to stick around. In this case, it’s best to rest and drink plenty of water until you are better.

If you have questions or if you want to know more about how to eliminate bad breath in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, please remember that our dental team at The Toothery is always happy to help. So, please phone 847-893-9099 at your earliest convenience. We look forward to hearing from you!