While dragons breathing fire is pretty cool, no one wants to be the human version of that, breathing such a potent smell that it acts like an inferno, keeping others at a distance. Halitosis is the fancy name for bad breath, but there’s nothing fancy about unpleasant odors emanating from your mouth — or the health problems that can be associated with them.
What Causes Bad Breath?
Food is one of the top culprits. When stuck between your teeth, food can lead to unpleasant odors (particularly if it’s strong-smelling to begin with, like onions or garlic). And it’s not until you’ve completely digested a particular food that it stops affecting your breath.
In addition to yellowing your teeth, tobacco doesn’t do any favors for your breath. Certain medications can also be to blame. Illnesses, too, can temporarily cause halitosis, particularly respiratory tract infections like bronchitis and pneumonia.
Everyone’s experienced morning breath. That’s because your mouth gets dry while you sleep, and saliva helps to clear away those particles that can cause bad smells. Some people experience dry mouth during the day as well. Drinking lots of water and breathing through your nose instead of your mouth can help with this.
So Fresh and So Clean
How can you keep your breath sweet-smelling all day? The best way is to brush and floss regularly. Keeping your teeth clean keeps gum disease at bay, clears out all those lingering food particles, and reduces odor-causing bacteria. Remember to brush your tongue as well, or use a tongue scraper. A note of caution: When brushing or scraping the tongue, be gentle. Excessive scraping can harm taste buds over a long time.
If you find particular foods always make your breath bad, avoid those when you’ll be in situations where you’re interacting with people.
In addition to drinking water to keep your mouth moist, chewing sugarless gum can promote the production of saliva.
Mouth rinses are another great choice, but use moderation with ones that contain alcohol. Alcohol in excess can be carcinogenic, especially when combined with cigarette smoke.
Be sure to come in for regular checkups. If you’re developing gum disease, we can treat it, which will improve your breath. Mouth odor can also indicate diabetes, gastric issues, or other medical problems. We can help you figure out the cause of your halitosis and guide you in the right direction toward a solution.