Top 10 Causes of Bad Breath – Reasons Your Breath Stinks

Top 10 Causes of Bad Breath – Reasons Your Breath Stinks

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TOP 10 Causes of BAD BREATH – Reasons Your
Breath Stinks! Bad breath – or Halitosis – is often caused
by a buildup of bacteria in the mouth that gives off unpleasant odors or gases that smell
like sulfur, or worse. Anyone can get bad breath! Bad breath is actually quite common, and while
it can be super embarrassing and even down right depressing, bad breath is usually treatable. Let’s take a look at the 10 most common
causes of Halitosis and what you can do about it! Number 1 – Coffee Who doesn’t love a freshly brewed cup of
Joe? We already know that coffee stains teeth,
but it also causes bad breath! Coffee will dry your mouth out and the more
you drink, the worse it gets. Try having just a cup or two a day, and drink
a glass of water after each cup – as this will help keep your mouth from becoming too
dry. Number 2 – Chewing Gum When we sense that our breath smells bad,
we usually reach for a piece of gum thinking that this will solve the problem. However, chewing gum will only mask the smell,
rather than treat the cause of the problem. Many commercial chewing gums contain sugar,
which only feed the bacteria that cause the stinky breath we’re trying to get rid of! So make sure to choose sugar free gum instead. Number 3 – Improper Oral Hygiene Not brushing properly, and especially not
brushing your tongue, can cause a rather funky smell in your mouth. Food residue, bacteria and dead skin cells
build up on the tongue and produce a white coating, which causes the bad odor. So make sure to scrape your tongue daily. And if you have tartar around your teeth,
only a proper dental cleaning will eliminate it – so be sure to get regular dental cleanings. Number 4 – Diet We all know that eating certain foods like
garlic or onions will leave you with bad breath. But, fasting and “low carb dieting” can
also cause bad breath because the body breaks down fat and releases ketones – which cause
a fruity acetone-like odor on the breath when you exhale. Also, eating too much protein can be a culprit. It’s best to have a balanced diet. Number 5 – Cavities, Gum Disease or Infection Not many people look forward to a visit with
the dentist, but regular checkups are important. If you don’t go, there may be underlying
issues that you are unaware of causing your bad breath. If you have regular checkups and cleaning
done, you are less likely to have major issues that could leave you with halitosis. Number 6 – Tonsil Stones Tonsil stones are accumulations of bacteria
and debris that get stuck in the crypts of some people’s tonsils. The body’s white blood cells proceed to attack
the “foreign objects” stuck in the tonsils. When the white blood cells are finished, hard
particles remain on the tonsils. If the particles are lodged into the crypts,
they will continue to grow and form into tonsil stones. Proper oral hygiene is a must in order to
reduce the accumulation of tonsil stones. Gargling with warm salt water may be helpful
to dislodge the stones. You can also use alcohol-free mouthwash or
try hydrogen peroxide to gargle. However, if the issue becomes overwhelming,
it’s best to consult with a specialist. Number 7 – Medication Certain medications can indirectly cause bad
breath by contributing to dry mouth, while other medications break down in the body and
release chemicals that can be carried on your breath when exhaling. Number 8 – Diseases Some diseases, including some cancers and
conditions such as metabolic disorders, can be the culprit of a distinctive breath odor
as a result of the chemicals they produce. Chemo and radiation therapy can also lead
to bad breath by affecting saliva production and causing dry mouth. Due to the reduced saliva, bacteria builds
up and releases unpleasant odors, making the breath smell bad. It’s important to get a proper medical diagnosis
– especially if you are doing everything right, and still suffer from halitosis. Number 9 – Dentures Good oral hygiene practices apply to dentures,
just like natural teeth. Food particles and bacteria, can find a home
in the spaces between the dentures and the gum tissue. As bacteria grow and food breaks down, an
unpleasant odour will be released. Removing your dentures to clean them after
each meal and gently brushing the gums will help eliminate odour-causing bacteria. Number 10 – Smoking Not only does smoking leave behind the tell-tale
ashtray odor, the smoke actually affects the flow of saliva in the mouth, which causes
dry mouth. While smoking can contribute to heart disease
and a variety of cancers, including oral cancer, the harmful chemicals found in cigarettes
can also cause bad breath! Just another reason to kick this nasty habit
once and for all! Most people with bad breath are not even aware
of their own stink, because the brain becomes acclimated to one’s own scent. But, there are ways to find out! So how do you know if you have halitosis? Start by checking your tongue. A pink, shiny tongue indicates fresh breath,
while a white coated and scaly tongue can indicate bad breath. Despite what you thought, smelling your own
breath in cupped hands is not the best way to check. Lick the back of your hand, let it dry for
a few seconds, and then give it a good sniff. The easiest way to keep your breath fresh
is to brush your teeth and scrape your tongue properly at least twice a day, floss at least
once a day, and drink lots of water throughout the day to keep your mouth from becoming too
dry. It’s also advised to get a dental cleaning
every 6 months. If you found this video informative, hit the
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