This condition is understood as halitosis, among the medical community of dental professionals. The typical major causes for this are one of two issues. The first being poor dental hygiene with the second cause being poor health overall. A person’s health is directly relatable to their eating habits and their lifestyle.
Poor oral hygiene can result in consistent bad breath or a constant bad taste in the mouth, which is a possible indication of periodontal, (gum), disease. The root cause of this condition is plaque buildup on the teeth. Plaque is a result of bacterial growth that can cause gum irritation. Left untreated, this condition can lead to severe damage to the gums and jawbone.
Along with the buildup of plaque from poor oral hygiene is the manifestation of cavities, (dental caries). This adds to having bad breath along with yeast infections, and mal-fitting dental plates. Dental bridges, or braces, that do not fit correctly, can trap food particles in hard to clean spaces between the teeth and gums.
A person’s lifestyle can affect their breath by the type of foods that they eat. This includes foods with high acid, fat, or spicy content. Additionally, not getting the correct amount of vitamins and minerals in their diet will cause nutritional issues, which will affect their breath and body odour.