If you are like 65 percent of the people in the world, your breath is not always as pleasant as you’d like. The fact of the matter is, human breath can sometimes stink. Everyone wants to feel good about the way their mouth looks and smells, so here’s everything you need to know about the causes of bad breath and how to make your own breath better.
What is bad breath?
Known to scientists as halitosis, bad breath is an all-too human condition that can happen to anyone at any time. According to Mayo Clinic, the main causes of bad breath revolve around food and oral hygiene. Underlying health conditions can trigger halitosis, too.
Common causes of stinky breath
Things you eat
When food particles settle in and around your teeth, your mouth can become a breeding ground for bacteria. Any food you eat can cause this problem, but garlic, onions, and super spicy foods are major contributors to bad breath. Does this mean you have to give up pizza, tacos, and other tasty treats? Not at all. In a minute, we’ll tell you how keep your breath smelling sweet.
Xerostemia, or dry mouth, is one of the most common contributors to the dreaded condition known as ‘morning breath’ or ‘dragon mouth.’ If you sleep with your mouth wide open, the problem may become even worse. Why does this happen? Because saliva helps to keep your mouth free of decaying food particles.
Every kind of tobacco product, including chewing tobacco, can cause an unpleasant aroma to inhabit your clothes, hair, and breath. It is a known fact that cigarette smokers are more prone to foul-smelling gum disease than non-smokers, so quit. You’ll be doing yourself (and everyone around you) a fine favor indeed.
Poor dental hygiene
You’ve heard it before, but we’ll say it again. Brushing and flossing goes a very long way toward protecting the health of your teeth and gums. Go too long without proper cleaning, and sticky plaque will adhere to your teeth, tongue, and gums and put you at risk for periodontal disease. Inadequate hygiene leads to cavities and gum disease, both of which can make your exhalations most unpleasant.