Where Does Bad Breath Come From
Bad breath or halitosis is something we’ve all suffered from at some point, but where does it come from? Bad breath can come from many different odor-causing reactions within your mouth, some are mundane and others can be signs of more serious conditions. For the most part, bad breath is a result of waste material from bacteria or chemical reactions from sulfur laden foods like garlic and onions. As bacteria digest food remnants and other particles they also release sulfur compounds responsible for the unpleasant odor.
Other Reasons Bad Breath Occurs
While most bad breath is caused by bacteria and food, bad breath can also occur due to other changes in the body. Infections, diabetes, and kidney failure are just some of the medical reasons you can have bad breath. Additionally, dry mouth or xerostomia can contribute to bad breath, this is especially true for smokers. Other common reasons for bad breath include, stress, stress eating, snoring, and hormonal changes. Some of these causes of bad breath are unfortunately unavoidable, but there are some things you can do to prevent bad breath.
How To Prevent Bad Breath
One of the most beneficial ways to prevent bad breath is to improve your oral hygiene regimen. While it can’t improve your bad breath for some of these other causes, a healthy smile has been shown to improve your overall health as well as your oral health. Here are a few things you can do to improve your oral health and help prevent bad breath.
Brush Brush Brush
Bleeding or infected gums are a sign of periodontitis, or gum disease. Gum disease is the most common oral health issue and can also be a huge culprit of halitosis. To help prevent gum disease you should brush and floss every day. Furthermore, it’s important that you visit the dentist regularly so they can remove all the buildup of plaque that might be causing your gum issues. You should also consider using a soft bristled brush with a small brush head so you can reach all those hard to reach spaces that you might be missing now. It’s also important that you brush or scrape your tongue to remove the bacteria found there too, especially at the very back!
Watch Your Sugar Intake
Sugar is like racing fuel for bacteria, they love to eat it and increasing your sugar intake will usually result in halitosis eventually too. Sugar can also cause cavities which can also lead to bad breath.
As we all know it’s vital for us to drink plenty of water. But what you might not know is water can also help prevent bad breath. The act of drinking water can help wash away odor causing bacteria, but also can help with saliva production, which can help prevent dry mouth and wash away bacteria even more!
We’ve touched on this already but smoking is not only bad for your overall health, but it can harm your oral tissues and also can be a prime source for bad breath. Smoking irritates your oral tissue, increases your likelihood of having gum disease, and can be a cause of dry mouth which is another way for odor causing bacteria to thrive.
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