Bacteria thrive in warm, moist environments, so it’s no surprise that there are millions of bacteria that live in the mouth. These bacteria are the most common culprit for bad breath.
The easiest, most effective way to cure bad breath is by following these 3 easy steps:
1. Brush twice a day, and floss once a day – EVERY DAY.
2. Brush or scrape your tongue (especially towards the back) every day to get rid of the bacterium that has built up on the tongue.
3. See your dentist every 6 months for cleanings and checkups.
If you have chronic bad breath, also known as halitosis, you might need more than good oral hygiene to get it back to normal. If someone has good oral hygiene habits and still seems to have halitosis there’s usually an underlying cause.
Aside from poor dental hygiene, here are 5 common causes of bad breath:
Outside Factors – Eating strongly scented foods, like garlic or onions, drinking coffee, smoking cigarettes or cigars, chewing tobacco or drinking alcohol can all lead to unpleasant breath.
Dry Mouth – Many factors can contribute to dry mouth including dehydration, prescription drugs, over the counter medicines, salivary gland problems or even breathing through your mouth instead of your nose.
Oral Infections – Infections in the mouth, like gum disease or tooth decay, can be a cause of bad breath. If you notice red, swollen or bleeding gums, loose teeth, sores on tongue or gums, or sharp pains in a tooth then you should consult a dentist.
Respiratory Infections – Any infection in the sinuses, throat or lungs can cause bad breath.
Serious Illnesses – Illnesses such as diabetes, lung disease, kidney disease, liver disease, etc. can all have symptomatic bad breath.
If you are experiencing chronic bad breath you should schedule an appointment with your dentist for further assessment. A good cleaning might be all you need to fix the problem, but your dentist will be able to check for signs of anything more serious.