Why Does Your Breath Smell?

If you eat, breathe with your mouth open, or you just aren’t consistent when it comes to your dental care, you might have bad breath, or halitosis. This can be a once-every-so-often situation, or it could be persistent, depending on what the cause is. Generally, most people wake up with “morning breath,” which is considered a normal occurrence and shows no health concerns. Morning breath happens because the saliva that washes away any food and odors depletes at night during sleep. Because of this, dry and dead cells are able to adhere to the inside of your mouth, from the inside of your cheeks, and onto your tongue. Bacteria are then able to use these cells for food and give off compounds that will make your breath foul when you wake up.

What Causes Bad Breath?

You could have bad breath from a variety of different reasons. This can be due to lack of dental hygiene, any infections, or simply eating anything that causes bad breath. If you don’t brush your teeth and floss regularly, food particles can stay in your mouth and decay. Gum disease can also be a factor in bad breath. Gum (periodontal) disease happens when plaque builds up on your teeth. The bacteria cause toxins to form in the mouth, which can irritate your gums. If this goes without treatment, damage to your gums and jawbone can occur. Smoking and chewing tobacco can also contribute to chronic bad breath, as well as stain your teeth, reduce your ability to taste, and irritate your gums.

How Can You Avoid Bad Breath?

If you have bad breath due to lack of proper oral hygiene, then you might rectify the problem by improving your hygiene habits. Be sure to brush and floss your teeth at least twice every day, preferably before going to bed, and after meal whenever possible. Brushing your teeth cleans away the plaque buildup on your teeth and along your gum line. Flossing and rinsing with mouthwash approved by the American Dental Association (ADA) can help eliminate many of the factors behind bad breath. If your halitosis continues even after improving your hygiene, then visit Dr. Wright and Dr. Heron as soon as possible to determine if an underlying dental disease is the cause.


As a native Texan, Dr. Gregory Wright opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He and Dr. Victoria Heron are happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To learn more, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.