Getting To The Bottom Of Bad Breath

Few people will admit to having bad breath, but everyone experiences it from time to time. Don’t wait for a friend or lover to clue you in, be proactive.

Let’s find out where bad breath comes from and how to stop it dead in its tracks, without smelling like a cheap tree-shaped air freshener.

How does your breath get stinky?

If you are what you eat, then nothing reflects that more than your breath. We’re not just talking about garlic, coffee and other obvious stinky foods; there are plenty of foods that can foul your breath, and others that linger and decompose in your mouth later.

For example, any spicy foods you put in your body will enter your bloodstream immediately and head straight for your lungs. Every time you exhale, the fermenting spices will fill the room, and quickly empty it.

When food gets trapped in your mouth, your kisser becomes a petri dish of halitosis. After each meal, food particles that get stuck between your teeth, on your tongue or in your gums will act like tiny powerful stink-bombs in your mouth. Even worse, if left unchecked, the decaying food will rot your teeth and gums. Nothing smells worse than gum disease!

Some other contributors to halitosis include:

Tobacco – As if there weren’t enough reasons to give up tobacco, you should know it makes your breath stink to high heaven. Ditto for chewing tobacco and those trendy electronic cigarettes that don’t stink up the air, but still stink up your mouth.

Weight loss – This one is hard to swallow, but when you diet and the fat breaks down in your body, it releases unpleasant odors through your mouth. 

Dry mouth – If you sometimes have cotton mouth, it means you don’t have enough saliva to do the job. Morning breath is worse for mouth breathers, and many prescription medications cause dry mouth.

Health Issues – Seasonal allergies, bronchitis, stomach ailments, diabetes and liver disease can all contribute to bad breath, too. Really putrid bad breath may be a sign of serious gum disease.

How To Fix Bad Breath

It’s not difficult to keep your breath smelling fresh, but it takes some work. You have to brush your choppers once or twice a day, and you have to floss every single day– there are no shortcuts to clean teeth and healthy gums. If you don’t own a tongue scraper, why not? Bacteria that coats the back of your tongue is a major factor in morning breath.

Finally, use mouthwash that does not mask bad breath! Choose an antimicrobial rinse that kills plaque causing bacteria, so the effects last longer than the minty flavor.

If you take care of your teeth and gums, your breath should take care of itself.

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