8th October, 2010
Bad breath will kill your social life, so itâ€™s reasonable that you should figure out whatÂ may be causing it. Some causes, like spicy foods, are easy to fix, but others may wellÂ point to something more serious. But letâ€™s take this step by step.
How do you know youâ€™ve got bad breath? Well, people may be keeping their distance, butÂ may be too polite to tell you the real reason.
If youâ€™re lucky, someone will be direct, but failing that, you can lick your wrist andÂ smell your saliva – if it stinks, your breath probably does too. The possible causes ofÂ bad breath:
Smoking: Are you a smoker? Smoking, aside from the many other obvious ways in which it isÂ bad for you, will make your breath smell of stale smoke. It will also irritate your gumsÂ and may increase your risk of gum disease, which can also cause bad breath.
Solution? Stop smoking.
Food: Next is food. If you like your garlic and onions raw, youâ€™ll just have to chooseÂ between this particular passion and decent breath. Alcohol and coffee also affect yourÂ breath, but fortunately you can get rid of your bad breath by limiting your intake.
Solution? Watch what you eat and drink.
Keep in mind that eating infrequently, or dieting can also cause bad breath. This is alsoÂ the case if youâ€™re not eating carbohydrates. There, eat that croissant without guilt -Â itâ€™s good for your breath.
Hygiene: Of course, if youâ€™re casual about keeping your mouth clean, no amount of cuttingÂ down on garlic will be of help. The old â€œIâ€™ll brush in the morningâ€ routine doesnâ€™tÂ really cut it.
Your mouth is full of bacteria which cause plaque, gum disease and dental decay.
When the bacteria are mixed with saliva and food trapped between your teeth, a bad odourÂ ensues. The bacteria can also reside on your tongue, which will also impact your badÂ breath.
Solution? Obviously, floss and brush, at least twice a day. Use a toothbrush with softÂ bristles, and take your time to clean the teeth and scrape the tongue.
You can also rinse with anti bacterial mouthwash, though this does not replace brushingÂ your teeth, no matter what your friends tell you. Visit a dentist.
Gum disease: So, after reading this article youâ€™ve been diligent and keeping away fromÂ the garlic and brushing furiously, but the bad breath persists?
Well, you might have gum disease or dental decay. This is something that shouldÂ immediately be addressed by your dentist. Medical problems: Though this is rare, your badÂ breath could actually indicate a medical condition.
For instance, your mouth might not be producing enough saliva, or you could have anÂ infection in your lungs, throat or nose. The bad breath could also indicate you haveÂ diabetes, liver or kidney problems, or that you suffer from heart burn.
If youâ€™ve been diligent about your oral cleanliness and the bad breath persists, see yourÂ GP.
And if youâ€™re not quite concerned enough yet, here is something that will make you brushÂ as soon as youâ€™re done with this article. Recent studies have confirmed that poor oralÂ hygiene can actually increase your risk of heart attack.
This is because poor hygiene can lead to bleeding gums, which provide bacteria with aÂ route into the bloodstream, where they can initiate blood clots leading to heart disease.