Bad breath (also called halitosis) isn’t the easiest thing to self-diagnose. Maybe you notice that people stand a little further away when they’re talking to you, or maybe you have an unpleasant, lingering taste in your mouth. Or perhaps someone close to you has the guts to give you the bad news. We’ve put together some of the causes of halitosis as well as some solutions for getting rid of it and going back to fresh (inoffensive!) breath.
Causes of Halitosis
Wonder what the culprit is behind your bad breath? Here are some of the most common causes of halitosis:
- Bad Oral Hygiene — When you don’t take proper care of your teeth, food particles can get stuck there, leading to bacterial growth and then bad breath.
- Dry Mouth — Dry mouth, whether situational (like when you wake up in the morning) or medical (a condition called xerostomia), can cause halitosis because there is not enough saliva to clean away bad odors.
- Tobacco — Tobacco products not only contribute to unpleasant mouth odor, but they can also lead to gum disease, which also results in bad breath.
- Certain Medications — There are certain drugs that reduce saliva production, which we mentioned earlier is helpful for ridding the mouth of negative odors. Then, there are other drugs that actually release chemicals as they break down which produce bad breath.
- Certain Diseases — There are some illnesses that can cause bad breath, including chronic sinus infections, diabetes, liver problems, and kidney problems.
How to Fight Bad Breath
There a few different things you can try to fight bad breath. Here are some halitosis solutions:
Practice Better At-Home Care
Regularly brushing and flossing could be just what you need to get rid of your bad breath. Brush at least twice a day using fluoride toothpaste. It’s even better if you brush after your meals and brush your tongue too. Floss your teeth at least once a day. You can also incorporate mouthwash into your dental regimen.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day to ensure that you stay hydrated and your mouth stays moist. If you want, you can chew gum or suck on mints to promote saliva production. We strongly recommend sugar-free gum or mints!
Give Up Tobacco
If you’re a smoker, you’ve probably heard plenty of reasons why you should quit. Fighting bad breath is another one you can add to your list!
Visit the Dentist
Did you know that halitosis is actually one of the most common conditions that brings people to the dentist? When you visit the dentist, we can see what is causing your halitosis in order to find the best treatment solution.