Understanding The Causes Of Bad Breath

Bad Breath
Written by Nancy

According to a 2018 research article published in Medical News Today, Halitosis—commonly known as bad breath—affects the lives of over 25 percent of the global population i.e. one in every four people in the world. Though bad breath may give lead to problems like stress, embarrassment, and social anxiety, it’s not difficult to diagnose and treat it.

There can be several causes of bad breath; however, the most common one is poor oral hygiene.

Ahead, we have rounded up some factors that may give rise to bad breath.

Bad Oral Hygiene

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most people who complain about bad breath don’t take care of their oral hygiene. A proper oral cleaning routine—including brushing, flossing, and mouth wash—is critical to good oral health. It keeps your mouth clean from the food particles that may give birth to bacteria and plaque. When the bacteria multiply, plaque can take the form of tartar, which is one of the leading causes of bad breath. Improper cleaning of dentures such as Invisalign and braces may also result in bacterial growth and halitosis.

Food With Strong Odor

Food particles tend to get stuck in the spaces between our teeth and the cavities. Some of our food ingredients, for instance, garlic and onion have unpleasant odors. When these food particles cling on to your teeth, they can produce bad breath. To keep such food odors at bay, it’s vital to brush your teeth twice a day and floss once in a day—especially, after having a meal with strong odor.

Dehydrated Mouth

Saliva is an enzyme that works to clean your mouth naturally and kill the bacteria. If you’re dehydrated or you have xerostomia (a disease where your mouth stays dry), you may struggle with bad breath.

Use of Tobacco

Frequent users of tobacco tend to have a specific mouth odor that can be unpleasant for many people. Smoking and chewing tobacco may also lead to gingivitis and other serious gum, diseases that may also cause halitosis.

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About the author


I’m Nancy and no, I didn’t always look like I do in that picture on the right. My foray into health and fitness began as a brace-faced, 16 year-old who was too afraid to wear a two-piece at the beach because I felt my body paled in comparison to my much more toned friends.

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