It can be very embarrassing.
You have an important business meeting, a blind date, a housewarming party — and you just can’t get rid of your bad breath. Even worse, you may not even realize you have bad breath, leaving you to wonder why your potential client didn’t work out, your date never called or your friends kept slipping away from you at the party.
Halitosis, the condition of having bad breath, could be hindering your social and professional life. What makes it more critical, however, is that it’s often a sign of poor oral hygiene or other health issues. If you’re suffering from persistent bad breath, consider these common causes:
Your mouth is full of bacteria. They live in between your teeth, clinging to your gums and covering your tongue. When bacteria are allowed to occupy your mouth without disturbance, like they are while you sleep, they multiply. That’s why you might wake up with especially smelly breath in the morning. Bacteria occur naturally in your mouth, so as long your brush and floss thoroughly each morning and night, it shouldn’t be an issue.
A rotting cavity isn’t just painful but it’s also smelly. If you have a cavity, the oral odor you’re experiencing may be coming straight from your rotting tooth. The only way to get rid of it is by having the decay removed and the cavity filled.
Your tonsils may be giving you more than sore throats. When tonsils are especially large or have deep crevices in them, called crypts, a cheese-like substance may build up in them. And as you may have guessed, this substance doesn’t smell too good. If your tonsils are giving you trouble, adding an antimicrobial mouthwash to your oral hygiene routine may help.
Your breath is susceptible to negative effects caused by your daily habits. From smoking cigarettes to failing to brush your teeth before bed — your mouth will know when it’s not being treated with care. When you treat your mouth well, it will reward you with sweet breath.
Some gastrointestinal issues, like acid reflux and ulcers can cause bad breath. Odor from your stomach acid may be released when you burp. Taking an antacid for minor issues may help, but if the problem persists along with other symptoms, see a doctor.
How to Fight Bad Breath
The best way to keep your breath sweet is with proper oral hygiene. Brush and floss twice a day and visit your dentist regularly and you should be good to go. However, if it’s apparent that your daily routine just isn’t cutting it, and you think there may be an underlying issue, see your dentist.