What Can Give You Bad Breath And What To Do About It
Other sources of bad breath can come from our eating habits. Individuals who eat a lot of
certain spices, onions and garlic tend to have bad breath. Those who eat a lot of protein also have bad
No one likes to be accused of having bad breath.
Bad breath cannot only destroy your social life but it can lead to health problems or be a symptom of a
The bacteria in your mouth, and in your stomach and intestines, bowel and sinuses can contribute to the growth
of infections that can lead to bad breath.
The use of tobacco products and alcohol can contribute to bad breath as they can increase bacteria in your mouth
by causing your mouth to dry out. A moist mouth prevents the over abundance of bacteria.
A moist mouth contains saliva that freshens and cleans the mouth. A dry mouth harbors bacteria that can grow on
the back of your tongue and in the cracks and crevices of your tongue, teeth and in the spaces between your
Individuals with dry mouth as a result of smoking, drinking alcohol or from side effects from taking certain
medications can experience dry mouth and have bad breath from it.
Other sources of bad breath can come from our eating habits. Individuals who eat a lot of certain spices, onions and garlic tend to
have bad breath.
Those who eat a lot of protein also have bad breath because bacteria loves the protein that gets left in our
Individuals who have post-nasal drip such as those with allergies, sinus problems and respiratory or sinus
infections can also harbor bacteria that leads to bad breath.
Other sources of bad breath are those who tend to not drink enough water and become dehydrated (dry mouth),
those with medical conditions such as diabetes, gastroesophageal reflux, hypoglycemia, liver and kidney diseases,
and those with allergies or other respiratory disorders.
Individuals with lactose intolerance can also experience bad breath when they eat or drink dairy products
because the products are not easily digested and sit around longer gathering bacteria.
What can we do about bad breath?
Tobacco products as sources of bad breath:
Individuals who smoke are often accused of having "smokers breath". The ingredients of tar and nicotine along with other foul smelling substances create the unusual combination of bad odor that clings to the smoke that can be found on the teeth and other tissues of the mouth of a smoker, such as their tongue, gums and inside of the cheeks of the mouth. Another thing that makes bad breath for the person who smokes is the fact that the act of smoking dries out the mouth.
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The first step in fighting bad breath is to form good oral hygiene habits such as brushing your teeth after
eating, using dental floss at least once a day to remove food particles from between teeth, brushing our tongue
once a day, and drinking at least 8 glasses of water each day.
It is very important to see a dentist on a regular basis to catch dental disease in the early stage for many
reasons but also to prevent or reduce bad breath. Your dentist can help you to learn to brush each tooth properly,
and to care for your mouth if you play sports, or have special medical issues that may affect your mouth.
Your medical doctor can tell you when you are taking medications that may dry out your mouth so that you can be
prepared to drink plenty of water or chew sugar free gum or suck on sugar free candy to help moisten your
We can make sure that if we eat spicy foods, or foods that contain garlic or onions that we follow good dental
Sugary foods are especially known for contributing to the bacterial growth in our mouth so it is important to
brush after eating sweets or when brushing is not possible to at least rinse our mouth with water after eating
sweets and then brushing our teeth as soon as possible.
Certain cheeses such as blue cheese, Camembert and Roquefort can contribute to bad breath as well as eating fish
such as anchovies and tuna so be sure to brush your teeth as soon as you can after eating these foods.
Did you know that if you have a B vitamin deficiency you could have an increased risk for bad breath? If you
have a deficiency in the element, zinc, it can also lead to bad breath.
Your doctor can tell you more about these deficiencies and how to prevent them by taking supplements.
If you suffer from post-nasal drip it may be a good idea to ask your doctor about taking extra vitamin C, which
can help rid your body of the excess mucus and other toxins that can cause bad breath and are present in post-nasal
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