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Causes of Bad Breath or Halitosis

What causes a halitosis or bad breath condition?

There are a number of possible causes of halitosis. Below we have listed some possible causes of a bad breath condition and have separated them into medical and dental causes.

Medical Causes of Bad Breath

  1. Sinus infections & abnormal sinus anatomies, post nasal drainage (drips)
  2. Tonsilar infections or tonsiloliths
  3. Lung diseases
  4. Kidney diseases
  5. Liver diseases
  6. Blood disorders
  7. Diabetes
  8. Gallbladder dysfunction
  9. Menstruation
  10. Carcinomas

Dental Causes of Bad Breath

  1. Extensive dental decay
  2. Periodontal (gum) disease
  3. Oral infections or abscesses
  4. Oral cancers
  5. Xerostomia (dry mouth condition). Many medications can contribute to a condition of xerostomia.
  6. Oral conditions resulting from post-nasal drips or discharges
  7. Allergy conditions
  8. A proliferation of specific types of gram (-) anaerobic bacteria.

Other than diabetes and sinus infections, most medical causes of a chronic halitosis conditions are fairly rare. Halitosis conditions that are a result of dental issues tend to be more common.