Walking around with bad breath is something that’s not only detrimental to your health but also a nuisance to those around you. One of the most common causes of bad breath is the buildup of germs and bacteria inside your mouth. When it is not cleaned regularly, over time a condition known as halitosis or persistent bad breath ensues
No one likes bad breath. It’s embarrassing, annoying, and people around the world try to get rid of it or hide it as best as they can. The number one thing people do to get rid of bad breath is brushing their teeth, but did you know that brushing alone may not be able to get rid of bad breath? Sometimes you can floss, brush and use mouthwash and still suffer from bad breath.
1. Skipping breakfast: Besides the well-established advantages to body and mind of having a good breakfast, it helps quell morning breath by stimulating saliva production and scrubbing bacteria from the tongue.
2. Bad bacteria: You may be surprised to learn that your mouth is home to both good and bad bacteria. The bad bacteria is one of the causes of bad breath, and studies show that one in particular, H.Pylori, is linked to halitosis. Since it mostly lives on the tongue, make sure you brush your tongue each time you brush your teeth. If you can, brush more than 2 or 3 times per day.
3. Chewing gum: Usually, as soon as you are aware your breath is bad, you pop some gum in your mouth, thinking that it will cure the problem. But some research suggests that sugar-free gum may be more effective than other types when it comes to masking odours. Most sugar-free gum contains xylitol, which acts as a sweetener and also can inhibit mouth bacteria. If your gum is sweetened with Xylitol, it should help to freshen your breath. Studies show that only sugar-free gum sweetened with Xylitol can prevent bacteria that causes cavities and bad breath.
4. Breathing through the mouth: Some people breathe through their mouths only when they are too stuffed up to breathe through their noses. Others, however, have fallen into the habit of breathing through their mouths all the time. When you have bad breath to begin with, mouth breathing does not help your case. Those who didn’t start out with bad breath will soon find that by breathing through their mouths, they have given themselves bad breath. When your mouth is open for long periods of time, it dries out and a dry mouth is one of the causes of bad breath. Practice breathing through your nose as often as you can, and soon you’ll become more aware of your mouth breathing. After a while, you’ll be breathing through your nose all the time.
5. Medications: No one should ever stop taking medication simply because of bad breath – always talk to your doctor before making these decisions. If you aren’t happy about this particular side effect from your meds, chewing Xylitol gum and drinking lots of water will help you. Buy yourself a nice, sturdy water bottle and make sure you always have it with you. Try to drink at least 2 or 3 of these throughout the day and you will be healthier along with helping to eradicate your bad breath.
6. Lack of fruits and vegetables: If you don’t eat enough fresh fruits and veggies, it can cause bad breath. Fresh produce is the best choice because your mouth will have to increase saliva production to chew and digest the fruits and vegetables, and the extra saliva will clean odour causing bacteria out of your mouth.
7. Eating too much proteins: Protein is necessary for your body and very good for you, but like anything else, too much of a good thing is not good. If you are limiting your carbohydrates and filling up on protein, it will have an effect on your breath. This type of diet can actually make your breath smell very foul. If you are trying to lose weight but are not enjoying the bad breath, try a more balanced diet instead and add in some exercise. No diet should push you into eating too much of one food group. The best motto for healthy eating and healthy living is “everything in moderation.”
8. Alcohol: Alcohol has a negative affect on saliva glands and will cause a dry mouth. In smaller quantities, it doesn’t cause a problem but if you have too much, you will have bad breath. As mentioned earlier, everything in moderation.
9. Food with too much flavour: Diet plays a big role when it comes to your breath. Garlic and onions are particularly notorious for causing bad breath—they both contain sulfur compounds that linger in the mouth, are absorbed into the bloodstream and are expelled when you exhale. Meat can also increase the risk of bad breath since the particles often collect at the gumline and are especially conducive to reproducing bacteria.
10. Too much coffee: Coffee can dry out the mouth, which causes bacteria to thrive on the tongue, gums, teeth and cheeks. Bacteria growth is encouraged even more by the addition of milk or cream. Drinking plenty of water before, during and after consuming coffee can help neutralize odours.
11. Dry mouth: Ever wonder why some people have bad breath in the morning? When we sleep, we produce less saliva than we do while we’re awake. Saliva is important because it contains oxygen, which deters bacteria growth and it is a natural antibacterial that helps wash away food particles, a primary cause of bad breath. Help yourself by drinking plenty of water during the day.