Almost everyone has experienced bad breath at some time whether it`s from the garlic bread we ate at lunch or morning breath or some other chronic source. Reasons for halitosis, as it`s known, includes:
Hunger Odor: This occurs for infrequent eaters, and usually comes for a lack of carbohydrates in the diet.
Bacteria in the mouth, throat, lungs, or sinuses: Bacteria prefer an oxygen-free environment and obtain their energy from proteins, like plaque, skin cells, and food particles.
Drugs and alcohol: Some drugs have their own odors that combine with chemicals in the mouth to cause dry mouth and increase the intensity of bad breath.
Dental disease: Cavities and periodontal disease can cause pungent breath problems.
Stress: There`s evidence that stress promotes bad breath. When we`re stressed, our mouths get dry, causing a thick, smelly coating to form on the tongue.
Unfortunately we`re not able to smell our own bad breath since the oral cavity is connected to the nose. Generally, good dental hygiene will help you to have fresh breath.
Try these tips:
1. Brush teeth, gums, and tongue frequently.
2. Floss regularly.
3. Make regular visits to the dentist and dental hygienists.
4. Stay away from alcohol-based mouthwashes, as they can dry out mouth tissues and worsen bad breath over time. Instead, use those that contain chlorine dioxide.
5. Wearing dentures sometimes causes bad breath, so make sure you leave them out of your mouth for at least four hours a day.