Having bad breath is one of the worst problems a person can have because it’s related to personal attractiveness.
For example, let’s say you like someone a lot and you finally have the chance to talk to this person face to face. And…big surprise, dragon’s breath! All the attraction you felt for this
person is vanished right there at that very moment.
Bad breath is a very unpleasant condition that can negatively influence your relationships, so if you suffer from “dragon’s breath” it’s really important that you find out what’s causing it.
Beyond what people may think, bad breath or halitosis is a sign that there’s something wrong with your oral health, or something much worse.
Generally, bad breath can be treated by having a good dental hygiene routine: brushing your teeth correctly, using dental floss and mouth wash and by visiting the dentist regularly.
Okay, maybe you’re doing all the above and still have bad breath. Worry not my friend, keep reading and find out some probable causes and their solutions.
Most Common Causes Of Bad Breath:
- Oral Hygiene – This is a no-brainer actually. If you don’t brush your teeth at least three times a day and floss at least once you’ll have bad breath. Why? The remains of food accumulated in your mouth allow bacteria to grow. When this happens, an invisible plaque forms in your mouth. This is called, “dental plaque” and it spreads all over your teeth and causes problems like caries and gingivitis.
- Food – When you eat, food disintegrates in your mouth and some particles that stick in your teeth can cause bad breath. Food spiced up with garlic and onion tastes great, but this may be the cause of your dragon’s breath. Some spices like curry or veggies like asparagus can also release a strong smell once they’re in your mouth. When you eat these foods they’re digested and absorbed until they reach your blood and carried to your lungs, this causes bad breath until they’re completely eliminated from your body. Garlic and onion can cause bad breath up to 72 hours after you eat them!
- Dry Mouth – Saliva helps keep the mouth clean and hydrated. When your mouth dries, dead cells accumulate in your tongue, gums and internal parts of your cheeks. These cells decompose and cause bad breath.
- Various Ailments – Lung infections, metabolic disorders, tummy troubles, diabetes or liver and kidney problems can cause bad breath, no matter how many times you brush your teeth.
- Tobacco – Smoking dries your mouth and causes really, really bad breath. So, another good reason to stop smoking if you do!
- Diet – Fasting and very strict diets also cause bad breath, so no reason to starve. What’s the point of being skinny if no one will ever want to get close to you because your mouth smells?
So now that you know the most common causes of bad breath it’s time to move on to the solutions.
Fighting Bad Breath
- Brush your teeth after you eat. Don’t forget to use dental floss as well. It’s not a bad idea to always have a toothbrush with you if you have, you know, “breath issues.”
- Brush and clean your tongue. The “skin” over your tongue acts as a hairy carpet where food particles and bacteria accumulate. Using a tongue cleaner will make a huge and significant difference in your breath, so don’t forget to use it.
- Drink lots of water, remember a hydrated mouth is a fresh mouth. Drinking water will keep your mouth humid and the “dragon’s breath” away.
- Visit the dentist regularly. Take care of any problems such as caries or gingivitis.
- Avoid stomach upsets by taking antiacids or enzymes.
More Tips to Get Rid of Bad Breath
- Drink mint and spearmint infusions. Just boil some herbs for ten minutes and drink this infusion regularly during the day, it will help with the bad breath.
- Celery refreshes your mouth, so chew some celery sticks regularly.
- Drink four cups of chlorophyll water every day, this will clean you from the inside out.
- Lemon is also a great way to avoid bad breath.
- Chewing gum may seem like a temporary solution, but in reality chewing makes you salivate and this avoids dry mouth.
- Ginger acts as a neutralizer of bad breath, so even if you don’t like it eat it!
- Carrots and apple generate more saliva and as you already know saliva hydrates your mouth and avoids bad breath.
Knowing what’s causing your bad breath is the first step to getting rid of it. Find out what’s going on, brush your teeth, take care of your precious mouth, and follow some of these quick tips.
If you find you are still struggling with bad breath even after following the above steps, try out some of these natural home remedies for dealing with bad breath, but be sure to check with your healthcare provider first before starting any new routine.