No one wants to find out they have bad breath. They will do whatever they can do disguise their breath if they think it is not pleasant. From gum, to breath mints to covering your mouth when you speak, there are plenty of ways to combat bad breath. While these can help you improve your breath, it is better to know why you have the bad breath so you can prevent it from happening.
There are several different reasons for bad breath that range from the foods you eat to the health of your teeth and gums.
Foods are not Always the Cause
Many people look at the food they eat as the reason their breath is bad. It is true that if you eat onions, your breath may stink. That is because of the way this food decays in your mouth. If bad breath is due to food, you can usually figure it out based on the things you have eaten.
But what happens if you cannot pinpoint any food as the reason for bad breath. That is when you have to look at the other reasons for bad breath. There are plenty of things that can cause your breath to stick. Infected gums, dirty teeth, a dirty tongue are all reasons for bad breath. People that smoke or overuse their mouthwash can also have bad breath. Often times the reasons these things cause bad breath is related.
One of the major causes of bad breath is a buildup of bacteria in the mouth. That is why an infected tooth or gum disease cause bad breath. These things are due to a buildup of bacteria in the mouth. Not removing that bacteria causes more bacterial growth and worsening breath.
Bacteria also grow on dirty teeth and tongues. They are present after smoking and they can grow faster when using too much mouthwash.
The best way to prevent bad breath is by eating foods that fight the bacteria and following a good oral hygiene routine that removes bacteria and keeps your teeth, gums and tongue clean and healthy.
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