It’s amazing how many people suffer with bad breath, and seek out ways to try and cure their problem. But before one can fix a problem, one must learn what may be causing it to begin with. Here we will discuss bad breath, possible causes, and how to eliminate it.
Bad breath (halitosis)
There are many common causes of bad breath – most relating to the mouth being unclean. Bacteria in the mouth can quickly cause bad breath. Plaque, an invisible layer of bacteria often present in the mouth, is more than often the cause of bad breath. Dental problems, such as gum disease or cavities can also cause one’s breath to be unpleasant. Sometimes bad breath is not associated with dental problems at all, but other factors including:
- medical problems
- foods like garlic and onions
- alcohol consumption
- tobacco use
Medical problems, such as diabetes and infections, can cause bad breath in people due to the decrease in saliva. Saliva acts as a natural antibacterial agent, that helps keep the mouth cleaner. The foods we consume can also contribute to having bad breath. For example, garlic is known to cause bad breath, as well as pickles, onions, and curry spices. These foods are absorbed into the bloodstream, then exhaled through the lungs. Alcohol consumption and tobacco use can also be underlying causes of bad breath.
Some helpful tips to get rid of bad breath.
Bad Breath Home Remedies
Even if you cannot determine the underlying causes of your bad breath, here are some good tips you can follow to help eliminate your bad breath:
Brush your teeth at least twice a day, and floss at least once a day. This helps eliminate bacteria and food particles present after meals.
Be sure to brush your tongue, as well as the roof of your mouth when brushing your teeth.
Avoid dry mouth by drinking plenty of water.
Rinse your mouth after eating snacks and meals. Although this will not thoroughly clean your mouth, it will remove some of the food particles that may be present.
Eat healthy nutritious snacks and meals.
While the above tips may not totally eliminate your bad breath, they will definitely help fight the problem. In order to totally eliminate bad breath, one must determine, for certain, the underlying cause.