Causes of Bad Breath.
–Food: Some foods, such as garlic, onions, and spicy foods, exotic spices (such as curry), some cheeses, fish, and acidic beverages such as coffee can leave a lingering smell. Most of the time this is short term. Other foods may get stuck in the teeth, promoting the growth of bacteria, which causes bad breath odor.
–Poor Dental Hygiene.
-Mouth infections: Cavities, gum disease, or impacted teeth may cause bad breath.
Dentures or braces: Food particles not properly cleaned from appliances can rot or cause bacteria and odor. Loose-fitting dentures may cause sores or infections in the mouth, which can cause bad breath.
Medications: Many medications, including antihistamines and diuretics, can cause dry mouth (see above), which can cause bad breath. Other medications that may lead to bad breath may include insulin shots, triamterene (Dyrenium), and paraldehyde.
Steps in Combating Bad Breath.
Visit your dentist at least every six months for dental cleanings and checkups to keep your mouth free of plaque buildup and other problems that may lead to bad breath.
Limit your consumption of foods such as alcohol, coffee (both caffeinated and decaffeinated), dense proteins, garlic and onions, and sugars. These are all bad-breath offenders.
- Breathe more through your nose. Breathing through your mouth can lead to having a dry mouth, which creates a breeding ground for odor-causing bacteria.
- Keep a regular log of your eating habits and medications, as these can cause bad breath. Share the log with your dentist.
- Brush your teeth and tongue twice a day to remove food particles and plaque, and floss between teeth once a day, preferably in the evening after you eat.
- Try using a fluoride mouth rinse with antiseptic ingredients and a pleasant mint flavor. This helps to protect your teeth, and the flavor masks odor problems.
- Consider internal breath fresheners’such as over-the-counter pills you take before or after a meal to aid the prevention of malodorous breath’or go the natural route and munch on some parsley after a meal