Suffering from bad breath or halitosis can be really very frustrating, and embarrassing at the same time. There are many contributing factors that can result in bad breath, it could be because of poor oral hygiene, the types of food or the nutrition of the person, and there are times that it is actually caused by certain medical conditions. No matter the root cause, bad breath is still an oral health condition that needs treatment and the very first thing that must be done is to identify the reason behind this condition so that an appropriate treatment can be applied.

What is the cause of a bad breath?

More often than not, bad breath is a result of the spread of bacteria in person’s mouth especially when there are food particles and debris that remain and are not properly removed even after brushing and flossing. These food particles that are left and are stuck in your teeth can decay over time and these are just one of the many reasons for having a bad breath. If you are one of those who have a serious problem involving the major organs in your body like your kidney and liver, then you can possibly suffer from bad breath too. Other contributing factors to having a bad breath can be a dry mouth condition, dieting, age, stress, hormonal changes, snoring and many others and in order to successfully overcome this problem, the best thing to do is spot the very reason behind the condition, and below are some of the specific reasons.

  • Bad breath can be because of infected gums, because an infection only occurs when there is a spread of bacteria around your mouth. There are many ways by which you can avoid gum problems and infection. You just have to make sure that you stick to good oral hygiene and be careful not to cause damage to your gums especially when you are brushing.
  • Bad breath can also be because of poor oral hygiene especially when you are not regularly brushing and flossing your teeth twice daily. Plaque begins to form on your teeth when you do not make sure they are thoroughly cleaned and if plaque is not removed, decay and cavities can start happening and can eventually result in a bad breath.
  • Bacteria can also stay in your tongue, so if you want to make sure you keep a fresh breath, you also have to make sure that your tongue is also thoroughly cleaned. When you brush your teeth, always do not skip your tongue.
  • Bad breath can also be a result of skipping meals. Skipping meals is highly discouraged because it does not only affect your oral health condition, it is also bad for your general health. When you skip meals, your mouth is unable to produce the right amount of saliva on a regular basis, and saliva plays a vital role when it comes to washing away of the cavity causing bacteria. This habit can result in a dry mouth condition, and a dry mouth is a perfect place for the bacteria to live and proliferate. So in order to avoid this, make sure to eat on time and eat the right types of food.
  • Another bad habit than can result in a bad breath is smoking. Smoking does not only cause harm to your lungs but also to your mouth. Smoking is a culprit of many oral health diseases and conditions apart from bad breath, it can also cause cavities, gum problems and infections and even oral cancer.

Here’s how you can avoid having a bad breath.

  1. Make sure to brush and floss regularly and that means at least twice a day for brushing and at least once a day for flossing. If you can do these after every meal, it would be a lot better.
  2. You can use mouth rinses but make sure to not to overdo. Mouth rinses can also help in killing bacteria.
  3. Your tongue is another place in your mouth where bacteria can harbor so make sure that you don’t miss out on brushing your tongue when you brush your teeth.

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