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Surprising Causes of Bad Breath


Maintaining fresh breath is essential for social interactions and personal confidence. While most people know that poor oral hygiene can lead to bad breath, there are other lesser known factors that can contribute to this unpleasant condition. In this article, we’ll explain some of the causes that may not have occurred to you, and steps you can take to ensure that your breath is fresh and pleasant.

Poor Oral Hygiene

This is one of the primary culprits when it comes to bad breath. When regular brushing and flossing are ignored, food particles can accumulate in our mouths, providing a breeding ground for bacteria. These bacteria release sulphur compounds that emit foul odors, causing bad breath. Additionally, plaque buildup on the teeth and tongue can exacerbate the problem, To combat bad breath resulting from poor oral hygiene, it’s important to brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss daily, and clean your tongue using a tongue scraper or brush.

Skipping Breakfast

If you skip breakfast, it can have a negative impact on your teeth. During the night, our saliva production decreases, leading to a dry mouth upon waking up. Breakfast helps stimulate saliva flow and rinses away bacteria and food particles accumulated overnight. Skipping breakfast can cause the mouth to remain dry, creating an environment conducive to bacterial growth and bad breath. To combat morning breath, it’s important to prioritize breakfast and drink water upon waking up to hydrate the mouth

Alcohol Consumption

Alcohol is a surprising cause of bad breath. While enjoying a drink or two may seem harmless, alcohol can contribute to dry mouth. Alcohol reduces saliva production, which play a vital role in neutralizing acids and rinsing away food particles. When the mouth becomes dry, bacteria thrive and release unpleasant smelling byproducts. To minimize the impact of alcohol on your breath, it’s advisable to dring water alongside alcoholic beverages and practice moderation.


Poor oral hygiene, skipping breakfast, and alcohol consumption are 3 major causes of bad breath. By understanding the impact of these factors on oral health, you can take proactive measures to combat bad breath. If bad breath persists despite these practices, it’s advisable to consult a dental professional for further evaluation and guidance.

Where to Go

If you’re experiencing chronic bad breath, you should reach out to  Beyond Dentistry and Laser Center.  Dr. Simon Kappel and his staff can screen you for any potential problems and advise you on various treatment options. Dr. Kappel is an expert in dental implants, cosmetic dentistry,  porcelain veneers, and cosmetic makeovers. His office is proud to be able to provide quick service no matter what your oral health needs may be. From the moment that you first call for information or to make an appointment, you will feel welcomed and relaxed.

At our practice, we don’t just perform dental procedures, we change lives. Dr. Kappel and his friendly staff focus on patient comfort and convenience, and they will make every effort to assure your satisfaction. That’s why so many patients from all over the U.S. and even other countries make the trip to Brooklyn to see Dr. Kappel.

If you would like information about our practice, or to schedule an appointment, visit our website or give us a call at 718-650-2408. We look forward to meeting you!