What Causes Bad Breath? Does Covid Cause Bad Breath?

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Are you wondering if Covid-19 actually does cause bad breath? There are many different causes of bad breath. Nobody likes having it or smelling it on someone else. Finding the root cause of your bad breath can be challenging. There are many factors that can contribute to that unpleasant smell.

If you are noticing bad breath on a consistent basis, consider the following commons causes:

  • Food: Some foods have more odor than others, especially when you start to break them down by chewing. Garlic, onions, and others will make almost anyone’s breath smell and it won’t go away until the food is completely digested.
  • Tobacco: Smoking and chewing tobacco not only can stain your teeth and damage your gums/mouth, but they are also often a cause of bad breath.
  • Not Brushing/Flossing: While brushing and flossing won’t necessarily remove the smell of the garlic you just ate, in the long term it will help minimize your bad breath. Food particles can get stuck between your teeth, gums, and your tongue and if you don’t brush, these particles will start to smell.
  • Gum (Periodontal) Disease: When plaque buildup on your teeth and goes untreated, gum disease may follow. Persistent bad breath could be a sign.
  • Dry Mouth: Without an adequate supply of saliva, bad breath can follow. Saliva helps to neutralize acids that are produced by plaque and wash away accumulations of dead cells that will eventually decompose. Dry mouth can be caused by medications, salivary gland problems,
  • Other Causes: Poorly fitting dental appliances, cavities, mouth infections, and a number of other diseases and illnesses can cause bad breath.
  • Covid-19: According to the National Library of Medicine, there are chemicals in saliva and changes in the tongue caused by Covid-19. These changes can cause bad breath in Covid patients.

Talk to a professional if you are concerned about bad breath. Something should definitely be addressed if you feel this is a chronic issue. There are special hygiene products that can be used to combat it. Speak to your dentist about your options.

If you’re having issues with bad breath, come in for a check-up and we’ll evaluate other options. Contact us today.