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    What Causes Bad Breath and How to Treat It

    What Causes Bad Breath and How to Treat It

    We’ve all experienced being around someone with bad breath and know how repulsive it can be. What if YOU are the one with bad breath and you don’t know it? Chronic bad breath may indicate other more serious conditions besides the onions you ate for lunch. If you are plagued continually with bad breath, Dr. Angela S. Evanson, DDS of Parker can help you treat it, which will no doubt improve your social life too.

    Bad breath is unpleasant for family, friends, co-workers and associates, but there could be an unseen problem that needs to be addressed.

    What Causes Bad Breath?

    Bad breath can be caused by certain foods, but continuous bad breath is not just the result of what you’re eating. Your breath has an interesting ability to provide clues to your overall health and you should take your bad breath seriously. Although bad breath in and of itself is not serious, it can be a symptom of a more serious condition.

    Tonsils that have trapped food particles

    The tonsils, which are lymph tissue in the back of the throat look like prunes, with crevices where bacteria can accumulate. If enough debris gets caught, they can form tonsil stones, which can contribute to bad breath (halitosis). Using a Waterpik might clean the debris out of the tonsils, but if the tonsils and tonsil stones are large enough, they may need to be removed.

    Sinus Infection, or Nasal Polyps

    Sinus infections, or the presence of bacteria in your nose and sinus cavities, may also give off noxious odors. Using a saline nasal wash can help alleviate this problem. But if the problem persists, it’s a good idea to see an ear, nose and throat specialist.


    A sweet, fruity odor in your breath can be a sign of ketoacidosis, which is an acute complication of diabetes. When your body can’t make insulin, your cells don’t receive the glucose they need for fuel. To compensate, your body burns fat instead of sugar, which produces ketones that build up in your blood and urine.

    Liver Disease

    When your breath has a strong, musty smell it may be an indication that your liver is not properly filtering out toxic substances, usually due to severe liver disease. As a result, sulfur substances end up in your bloodstream and can make their way to your lungs. When you exhale, these substances give your breath a distinct smell.

    Poor Dental Hygiene

    If you don’t brush and floss daily, food particles, which cause bad breath, allow plaque to form on your teeth, This may also lead to gum disease or tooth decay. Your tongue can trap bacteria that produce odors, so be sure to brush your tongue every day. If you wear dentures and they aren’t cleaned regularly they can harbor odor-causing bacteria and food particles.

    Other Causes

    Some cancers, and other diseases, such as kidney disease can cause bad breath as a result of chemicals they produce.

    If simple self-care techniques don’t solve your bad breath problem, make an appointment online or call (720) 409-0008 to see Dr. Evanson. She can help you find out what the root of your problem is. Located in Parker, Dr. Evanson provides quality dental care for children and families living in Highlands Ranch, Aurora, Castle Rock and Lone Tree.

    Although bad breath can be an embarrassing problem, it can also be an indicator of something more critical. It’s essential to find out what is causing your bad breath so you can start an action plan to improve the quality of your breath.

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