Understanding Bad Breath

guy2Bad breath is an embarrassing, yet common condition. Bad breath, or halitosis, can occur when the uneven surface of the tongue traps bacteria that produce odors. Certain foods, medical conditions, or poor dental hygiene habits can contribute to bad breath. If halitosis does not improve with regular brushing or flossing at home, Dr. Maria Loukas and Dr. Thanasi will evaluate the causes and treatment options for your halitosis. Their welcoming, compassionate dental practice in Park Ridge will help you put bad breath behind you.


  • Foods. When food particles remain in our mouths, bacteria grow and causes bad odors. In addition, eating certain foods such as onions and garlic may cause bad breath because after digestion, these foods enter your bloodstream and move to your lungs.
  • Tobacco products. Smoking creates a unique odor, and smoking can also lead to gum disease. Gum disease is a common source of halitosis.
  • Dry mouth. Saliva rinses your mouth of food particles that may cause bad breath. Dry mouth occurs when we sleep, so we often awaken with bad breath, commonly referred to as morning breath. Xerostomia, a condition involving a consistent dry mouth, can produce bad breath because your mouth does not produce as much saliva. Certain medications can also cause mouth dryness.
  • Infections in your mouth. If you have a surgical wound in your mouth from a procedure such as a tooth extraction, it may produce bad breath as it heals. Gum disease, tooth decay, or mouth sores can also instigate bad breath.
  • Other mouth, nose, and throat conditions. Sometimes, small stones develop in the tonsils that invite odorous bacteria. Infections or inflammations in the nose, throat, or sinuses can lead to postnasal drip which often creates halitosis.

Tips for Home

Study your dental hygiene habits, increasing their frequency and duration if applicable. Brush your teeth and tongue after eating, floss at least once a day, and drink plenty of water.

When to Call Your Park Ridge Dentist

If your bad breath continues after attempting home techniques, call our office. Dr. Maria and Dr. Loukas may find that a cavity is causing your bad breath, and they will swiftly treat it. In some rare cases, the doctors may suspect there is a condition causing your bad breath that is not related to the field of dentistry, in which case they may recommend that you consult a physician.

About Your Chicago Dentists

Dr. Maria and Dr. Thanasi Loukas can help you resolve your halitosis while providing a wide range of excellent general and cosmetic services. Specializing in dental implants, your Park Ridge dentists serve the Park Ridge and surrounding Chicago communities. To schedule an appointment, call Loukas General Dentistry today at (847) 696-1919.


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