The most-common cause of bad breath

According to experts and research concerning dental health, the main cause of bad breath is poor dental care. If and when the concentration of bacteria increases in your mouth, these bacteria produce chemicals that lead to foul breath. In reality, every person has a certain amount of bacteria within their mouth at all times. However, regular dental hygiene eliminates the bacteria and reduces the chance of having bad breath throughout the day.

As we eat, drink and chew on snacks, small food particles remain trapped on the surface and around our teeth. These food particles attract bacteria that thrive on food remains. By making sure you have an impeccable dental hygiene routine you will also eliminate food remains, hence decreasing the number of bacteria.Other factors that may contribute to bad breath are the following:
  • specific foods such as onions, garlic, dairy products
  • dry mouth; saliva helps to neutralize bacteria so if saliva decreases in your mouth, more bacteria thrive
  • bad habits such as alcohol and tobacco use
If your dental hygiene is regular and you do not suffer from dry mouth or smoke but you still suffer from bad breath, the cause could be related to a particular medical condition. Local infections in the mouth and throat, sinusitis, diabetes, bronchitis, gastrointestinal issues or liver disorder could all be at the culprit of malodorous breath.

In these particular cases you will need to consult with your dentist and GP in order to find the appropriate treatment that will also eliminate bad breath as a direct symptom of a condition.Now looking at the best way to prevent bad breath in your every day life is to take really really good care of your teeth. This type of care includes:
  • brushing your teeth after every meal
  • flossing at least twice a day
  • brushing your tongue at least once a day
  • undergoing professional teeth clean ups every 6 months
  • avoiding food rich in unhealthy sugars or sticky when eaten
  • drinking a lot of water to stimulate saliva production
Also, if you notice that bad breath persists even if you do take all the hygiene measures to prevent it, keep track of the food you eat most often as some of it may be directly related to your bad breath.

Finally, remember that whenever you encounter any issue that may have a relation with your oral health, don’t wait for it to pass on its own. Consult your dentist to make sure you act in time as preventing is always better than treating when it’s already too late!

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