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A smile is pretty much the best charmer. But what becomes of it when what follows is dragon breath? Know what warning signs your breath says about your health

Bad breath happens. It can happen to anyone. The must-do is to know why

It is a truth universally known that bad breath screams of poor oral hygiene. But is that really all there is to it? What with the flossing and two-minute brushing can one still have bad breath?

Bad breath, scientifically known as halitosis, may be caused by several reasons other than poor oral hygiene.

According to the American Dental Association, 50 percent of adults have had halitosis at one point in their lives. Surely this cannot be blamed on bad brushing alone.

So, what are the culprits behind stinky breath?

There are a few causes of bad breath that are relatively harmless. Certainly, they can all be cured. What you need to know is what causes it so your remedy is not a hit or miss. One primary reason for bad breath is the growth of bacteria. There are hundreds of bad breath-causing bacteria. They take residence in your mouth. When food is left in the mouth, these bacteria feast on them.

This leaves a foul-smelling waste product afterwards. That’s where bad breath comes from. Another common cause of bad breath is dry mouth. When your mouth does not have enough saliva, it is not being cleaned enough.

This, too, causes bad breath. Dry mouth may be caused by medication, problems in the salivary gland, or breathing through your mouth.

Bad breath that doesn’t go away is usually caused by something more serious like gum disease. Plaque on teeth causes bad breath just as it also implies an advanced gum disease. You treat the disease the bad breath goes away.

Always watch what you eat. Your food intake affects the air you exhale. Coffee, onion, and garlic are just a few examples of food or drink that can cause bad breath.

But these are nothing compared to smoking cigarettes and tobacco. Aside from the stain your teeth acquire from smoking, your gum tissues also suffer from irritation because of the nicotine and tar from cigarettes. This causes serious bad breath issues. Other mouth infections are also possible causes of bad breath. But if this is ruled out, bad breath can be pointed to other health issues like sinusitis, gastric reflux, diabetes, or kidney disease.

Knowing the causes can empower you to apply the right treatment. Still, prevention is so much better than cure. Take care of your teeth by brushing for two minutes twice a day and flossing regularly. Follow through with antibacterial mouthwash. Do not forget your tongue.

Your tongue is as much a part of your mouth as your teeth. Bacteria on the tongue can cause bad breath as badly as those on the teeth. The tongue scraper is your friend. Use it as part of your oral hygiene.

Keep moisture in your mouth. Have a fruit-filled diet. Fruits like apples require chewing, which stimulates the salivary glands to produce saliva. Sugar-free candy or gum may also help. If you are wearing dentures or braces, clean them well. You most certainly do not want to add to the bacterial that is already in existence in your mouth. Finally, stay away from cigarettes and tobacco. They bring no benefit to your health and cause great harm to your gums and teeth.

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