Bad breath! Are you worried about it in the moment of an intimate embrace? Or do you fear compromising the success of closing that very important business deal? These are genuine concerns and it is good to know that health care professionals now understand the causes of halitosis.
We are all genuinely concerned about having stinky breath, and probably for good reason! The problem is, even your best friend will probably not tell you that you have a stench mouth through fear of offending you.
Causes of Bad Breath
There are many reasons why a person has bad breath. The breakdown of food particles in and around your teeth can cause a foul odor. Eating foods containing volatile oils is another source of bad breath. Onions and garlic are the best known examples, but other vegetables and spices can also cause bad breath. After these foods are digested and the pungent oils are absorbed into your bloodstream, they're carried to your lungs and are given off in your breath until the food is eliminated from your body.
Alcohol behaves in the same fashion. Despite the fact that in itself, alcohol has no odor, the characteristic smell on your breath is mainly the odor of other components of the beverage.
Poor dental hygiene and periodontal disease can be a source of bad breath. If you don't brush and floss daily, food particles remain in your mouth, collecting bacteria and emitting hydrogen sulfur vapors.
Saliva helps cleanse and moisten your mouth. A dry mouth enables dead cells to accumulate on your tongue, gums, and cheeks. These cells then decompose and cause odor. Dry mouth naturally occurs during sleep; it's what causes "morning breath." Dry mouth is even more of a problem if you sleep with your mouth open.
Chronic lung infections and lung abscesses can produce very foul-smelling breath. Several other illnesses can cause a distinctive breath odor. Kidney failure can cause a urine-like odor, and liver failure may cause an odor described as "fishy." People with uncontrolled diabetes often have a fruity breath odor.
Bad breath is also associated with sinus infections due to nasal discharge seeping into the back of your throat. Strep throat, tonsillitis, and mononucleosis can cause bad breath until the throat infection clears. Bronchitis and other upper respiratory infections in which you cough up odorous sputum are other sources of bad breath.
Smoking dries out your mouth and causes its own unpleasant mouth odor. Tobacco users are also more likely to have periodontal disease, an additional source of bad breath.
8 Steps To Improve or Prevent Bad Breath:
1. Brush your teeth after you eat.
2. Floss at least once a day.
3. Brush your tongue. Giving your tongue a good brushing removes dead cells, bacteria, and food debris. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush your tongue with at least 5 to 15 strokes.
4. Clean your dentures well. If you wear a bridge or a partial or complete denture, clean it thoroughly at least once a day or as directed by your dentist.
5. Drink plenty of water. To keep your mouth moist, be sure to consume plenty of water – not coffee, soft drinks, or alcohol.
6. Chewing gum or sucking on candy (preferably sugarless) also stimulates saliva, washing away food particles and bacteria.
7. Use a fairly new toothbrush. Change your toothbrush every three to four months, and choose a soft-bristled one.
8. Schedule regular dental checkups.