What Is Causing My Bad Breath?

Bad breath is embarrassing, humiliating, and you just want to hide when it occurs. No one will come right out and tell you, but it becomes obvious if someone pulls back as you start to talk to them. If you have just eaten onions, you know the reason, but most of the time you are in the dark. So don’t keep asking yourself: what is causing my bad breath? Let’s find out and then what to do about it.

BacteriaYoung man checking his breath with his hand.

Bacteria is everywhere, and it especially likes to make itself at home in our mouth. It gathers between our teeth after we eat, stays on our gums and teeth surfaces, and loves our nice soft tongue. Yes, your mouth is a comfortable home for bacteria to grow, and it has a party on the decaying food particles left between teeth.


Brushing and flossing your teeth as soon as possible after eating puts a dent in the leftover bacteria. Many of us neglect our tongue, but that should be brushed as well. Doing this at least twice a day can be helpful, but there are other causes for bad breath even if you practice good oral hygiene.

Cavities And Gum Disease

If you have hidden cavities and pockets in your gums, the sly bacteria can hide there. Once the bacteria turns into a sticky surface left on teeth, known as plaque, and slithers into pockets in your gums, you are left with gum disease or gingivitis. You will notice you always have a bad taste in your mouth.


Schedule regular visits with East Village Dental Arts in New York, NY for cleanings to remove cavities and treat gum disease.

Certain Foods

We know the offenders: onions, garlic, and coffee are just a few examples. It can take days for garlic breath to improve.


You can refrain from eating those foods when you expect to be around others, or some studies say eating an apple, raw lettuce, and chewing mint leaves can help “deodorize” breath.

Dry Mouth

You need sufficient saliva to help your mouth stay clean. Many things can lead to dry mouth like certain medications, sleeping with your mouth open, tobacco, and alcohol. When your mouth is too dry, it can increase bacteria leading to bad breath.


Drink lots of water and chew sugarless gum. Ask East Village Dental Arts about medication to help increase saliva.

Other Causes

Additional causes of bad breath include the following:

  • Tobacco
  • Underlying health conditions like liver failure, diabetes, and kidney failure
  • Post nasal drip
  • GERD

Request a Dental Appointment Today!

See East Village Dental Arts at least twice a year for a full examination and cleaning in order to improve bad breath or to investigate the causes. Call (212) 979-6300 to schedule an appointment today.

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