How to Reduce the Risk of Halitosis?

Halitosis is that unpleasant smell coming from a person’s breath. In most cases, it arises from poor oral hygiene or diseases in the oral cavity.


Society often thinks that bad breath originates in the stomach, but this is not the case. Most often, its origin lies in the mouth, and more than half of the time, it usually stems from gum diseases like periodontitis or gingivitis.

The onset of bad breath is generally due to the bacterial decomposition of food particles, cells, blood, and some saliva components. This decomposition produces gs calleased volatile sulfur compounds, which are responsible for halitosis.

Often, we use chewing gum to improve our breath’s scent, but it is not usually sufficient in most cases.

The most common causes of bad breath include:

Poor Diet:

Consuming certain foods like garlic, onions, or spices can cause a foul odor. When we chew, many tiny particles stick to our teeth, gums, and tongue.


It is one of the leading causes of bad breath. Tobacco often leads to gum diseases, making individuals more susceptible to halitosis.

Poor Oral Hygiene:

We should brush our teeth daily after each meal for about 2 minutes. We should also use dental floss to remove any remaining food particles between the teeth. Lastly, we must not forget to clean our tongues. In most cases, bad breath concentrates in this area that we often neglect.

Other Diseases:

On some occasions, when a patient suffers from other diseases such as diabetes or gastroesophageal reflux, it can cause halitosis.

If, after changing your diet, quitting tobacco, and improving your dental hygiene, the foul odor persists, we recommend that you seek specialists in halitosis to analyze your case and determine the origin of the bad breath.

Schedule your appointment and put yourself in the care of Dr. Lucía Asensio’s team at Dental Asensio, the leading clinic in Dental Health, Implantology, and Dental Aesthetics in Valencia.


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