Causes of Bad Breath and How to Prevent It


Authored by Randy Ho in Dentistry
Published on 12-26-2008

Let’s face it, bad breath is just down right annoying and at times a bit tough to get rid of. There are many products on the market right now that offer to take away your bad breath and keep it from coming. But, sadly most of those are all gimmicks and may just simply mask your current bad breath problems. Here are the main causes of bad breath, and what you can do in order to prevent that nasty bad breath.

Bad breath is usually caused by having bacteria within your mouth. This bacterium is usually built up on the teeth and in the mouth. Bacteria usually build up when you give it a chance to by not brushing on a regular basis. Certain foods that you eat such as garlic and onions might also cause you to have bad breath, so if you are having a sudden burst of bad breath and you cannot put your finger on the reason, just think about what you have eaten in the past few hours.

Smoking not only yellows your teeth and breaks them down, but it also causes incredibly bad breath. Many people who are married to or date a smoker usually say that kissing a smoker is like licking their ashtray. After you go out and have a smoke, your breath is going to literally smell like cigarette smoke, and it is going to taste like it as well.

You know how when you fall asleep, and in the morning you wake up and have the worst bad breath you could possibly imagine? Have you ever wondered why you have such bad breath in the morning? The answer is simple, your mouth is dry. When you go to sleep at night, you might sleep with your mouth open, and let all of that outside air in. And, when you sleep you do not produce as much saliva as you would if you were awake throughout the day.

Brushing your teeth on a regular basis is the best way to rid yourself of your bad breath and to keep it from coming back again. When you do not brush your teeth on a regular basis, you are opening your mouth up to a wide variety of bacteria that can sit around in your mouth and build and build. Not only can this bacteria cause bad breath, but it can also cause cavities in your teeth as well. If you smoke, then look into quitting. If you eliminate the main factor of your bad breath, then you are going to have a cleaner mouth!

There are many other reasons why we have bad breath, and there are many different ways of getting rid of bad breath. As long as you take care of your teeth, you will prevent bad breath. Having the proper teeth care is going to help anyone with bad breath in the long run, guaranteed. So, kick that smoking or tobacco habit, brush those teeth twice a day, and drink your water! Stay away from breath mints that really only mask the problem and essentially cause more problems for your teeth.


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