FAQ About Bad Breath

woman hiding her bad breathDid you know that the smell of your breath can mean different things? After a tasty meal filled with onions and garlic, the smell drifting from your mouth can be overpowering for quite some time, but usually it will dissipate on its own. Some people experience different kinds of bad breath, known as halitosis, which can be brought on by other non-food related reasons.  Chronic halitosis can even be a symptom of serious disease, and should be brought to your dentist’s attention if you cannot find relief.

Why do certain food smells linger on my breath?

Everything that you eat will eventually be broken down, and the nutrients delivered throughout your body. As odiferous foods are absorbed, the smell actually enters your blood stream and begins to circulate through your body.  As it reaches your lungs, you will notice the smell on your breath every time you exhale. Because of this, there is not much you can do to remove the smell except wait for it to completely exit your body.

What causes chronic halitosis?

In some cases, poor oral hygiene is to blame for constant bad breath. Leftover food particles and bacteria can create foul odors in your mouth and may lead to tooth decay. You could also be experiencing an infection or gum disease, and might not find relief from your bad breath until you seek treatment. Severe cases of bad breath have been linked to metabolic disorders, chronic acid reflux, and other diseases.

How can I prevent bad breath?

It goes without saying that preventive dental care is your best defense against bad breath. Proper daily brushing and flossing can help prevent the buildup up of odor-causing bacteria, and keep you on the lookout for signs of disease that you may want to show your dentist at your next preventive care visit.


With over 25 years of professional experience, Dr. Steven M. Huffstutler and his caring team proudly provide exceptional preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dental treatment to patients and their families. Our patients come from across Dallas/Ft. Worth, including North Richland Hills, Denton, the Mid-cities, Southlake, and all surrounding communities. We also have extensive experience helping patients find relief from painful TMJ disorders (various forms of jaw dysfunction). To schedule an appointment with Dr. Huffstutler, contact our office today by calling 817-918-3038.