Bad breath or halitosis screams of poor oral hygiene. But is that really all there is to it? Why does it persist even if you brush and floss twice a day?
Actually, several reasons other than poor oral hygiene can cause the stench.
According to the American Dental Association, 50 percent of adults have had halitosis at one point in their lives.
So, what are the reasons behind bad breath?
There are a few causes of bad breath that are relatively harmless. These are all easily curable. What you need to know is what causes it, so the remedies work. One primary reason for chronic halitosis is the growth of oral bacteria. They take residence in your mouth, and gradually colonize it. These bacteria feast on residual food particles. They also secrete foul-smelling waste products. That’s where the 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. Certain medication or problems in the salivary gland, can also lead to halitosis from dry mouth.
Bad breath that doesn’t go away is usually caused by something more serious like gum disease. Plaque on teeth also causes bad breath just as it implies advancing gum disease. This type of bad breath goes away gradually with treatment.
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 smoking cigarettes and chewing tobacco are by far the worse. Aside from ugly nicotine stains, your gum tissues also suffer irritation because of the nicotine and tar in cigarettes. Also, the smell of cigarettes (called smokers’ breath) is an obvious fall out. Bad breath can also come from 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 also a breeding ground for bacteria. 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 your mouth moist. Fruits like apples that require chewing, stimulate your salivary glands. Sugar-free candy or gum may also help dealing with bad breath. 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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