Bad breath, otherwise known as halitosis, is a condition whereby bad odor exudes from some people’s mouths. It may be a temporary or a chronic thing. There are different causes of mouth odor or bad breath and we explain, in this article, eight (8) strategic things you can do to rid yourself of embarrassing and mostly debasing mouth odor.
Causes of bad breath
Mouth odors occur due to various factors; however, some of its causes are highlighted below:
- Poor dental hygiene: If you don’t brush and floss your teeth every day, you may carelessly leave some food particles that may increase the number of bacteria in your mouth. When the food particles are broken down by the bacteria, this process will produce a terrible odor.
- Mouth infections: You may have bad breath if there is an infection in your mouth such as gum disease, tooth decay, mouth sores, and so on.
- Foods that produce an odor: Garlic, onion, spices, and other foods the produce natural, offensive odors can cause bad breath.
- Tobacco products: Smokers and tobacco users tend to have a terrible bad breath from the horrid odor the products produce. Sometimes, a smoker may also be affected by a gum disease.
- Dry mouth: A condition of dry mouth or xerostomia occurs when there is a reduction in the amount of saliva in your mouth. Normally, saliva is very useful for cleaning the food particles and other disease-causing substances from the mouth. But when the quantity of saliva decreases, your mouth may have an unpleasant odor. Dry mouth normally occurs in the morning before waking up, which somehow makes morning breath to be odoriferous. The chronic dry mouth may be caused by some diseases or a problem in your salivary gland.
- Medications: Some medications tend to increase the dry mouth condition, which will then lead to bad breath. Other medications may have bad-smelling chemicals that may give your breath an unpleasant odor.
- Other causes: Bad breath may be caused by some infections or inflammations in the nose, mouth, and throat. Metabolic disorders, chronic reflux of stomach, or some cancers may cause bad breath.
8 Strategic Things You Can Do to Beat Bad Breath
You can strategically beat bad breath by:
- Brushing and flossing your teeth more often
- Keeping your gums healthy
- Using brush to scrape your tongue every day
- Rinsing your mouth every now and then
- Not eating food that is going to give your mouth a bad odor
- Stopping smoking or using tobacco
- By drinking plenty of water to moisten your mouth and increase the amount of saliva
- By avoiding after-dinner chewing gums and mints
If your mouth still has a bad odor after you have carefully carried out the above-mentioned procedures, you should see a dentist.