The Causes of Bad Breath

Bad breath is something we never want to have. Brushing your teeth alone will not prevent bad breath, there are many reasons for bad breath, here are a few causes as well as some tricks to help avoid having bad breath.

One of the leading causes of bad breath is dehydration. Not drinking enough water means the food that is in your mouth stays in your mouth and is not being washed down. Foods and drinks are another factor when it comes to bad breath. Foods containing garlic and onions are major causes when it comes to affecting your breath. Also, drinks such as coffee or alcohol.

Another major cause of bad breath can be the build up of bacteria on your teeth. Not brushing or flossing regularly can result in this bacteria to develop from the food that is stuck between your teeth. When you are brushing your teeth, it is important to also brush your tongue. Bacteria  can build up on the rough surface of your tongue, so brushing it regularly will help avoid bad breath.

Smoking causes bad breath, stains your teeth, increases your risk of gum disease, as well as many other health problems. Smoking tobacco as well as chewing tobacco reduces the ability to taste foods and irritates the gym tissues. This can lead to more serious problems.

There are more serious illnesses that can also cause bad breath. Liver, kidney, and blood disorders can cause bad breath as well as diabetes, lung, throat, and nose infections (i.e. bronchiectasis, bronchitis, tonsillitis, or sinusitis).

Preventing bad breath is not a impossible task but does require you to take some extra measures. Brushing and/or scraping your tongue daily will reduce the bacteria build up in your mouth. Brushing your teeth twice a day for at least 3 minutes will help with unwanted breath. Using mouth rinse is also very beneficial.

Another way to prevent bad breath is rinsing your mouth with black or green tea. A study at the University of Illinois at Chicago, rinsing out your mouth with black or green tea can help reduce the growth of bacteria in your mouth that leads to bad breath.

If you are continuing to have bad breath, make sure to set up a appointment and visit your dentist as soon as you can to make sure there is not something more serious going on.

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