Bad breath (halitosis) is caused by a number of factors but the biggest bad breath cause is bacteria in the mouth, especially on the tongue. Oral bacteria secrete a sulfur byproduct waste and this presence is what causes bad breath.
- Food that collects on and between the teeth can collect bacteria that produce odors.
- Poor Dental Hygiene – Remove plaque, which contains bacteria, from your teeth, gums, and tongue every day. Cavities and gingivitis can also cause bad breath.
- Tobacco Use can cause chronic bad breath from the build-up of tar and nicotine as well as reduced saliva flow.
- Medical conditions such as diabetes, respiratory tract infections, sinusitis, and liver and kidney ailments.
How to Get Rid of Bad Breath
To start, make sure you brush twice a day and floss daily to remove the odor-causing bacteria from the teeth, gums, and tongue. Use an antibacterial toothpaste and mouthwash.
To Help Keep Breath Fresh Between Brushings Try:
- Rinsing with mouthwash after eating
- Chewing sugarless gum to stimulate saliva flow
- Snacking on celery, carrots, and apples which can help loosen debris
- Brush your tongue