Bad Breath is one of the most common oral health problems and there can be many reasons that cause it.
The bacteria coating the inside of your Mouth release gases that are odorous. Bad breath can be caused by rotting food that gets stuck in between your teeth and your tongue. If you eat foods that are strong-smelling, such as onions, garlic or coffee it can make bad breath worse. Consistent bad breath can also be one of the first signs that you may have gum disease.
There are numerous other reasons for having bad breath in general. Poor oral hygiene, infections in your mouth, smoking, chewing tobacco and in some cases, mouth cancer. If you do have any concerns then speak with your dentist or GP.
Certain medical conditions can cause bad breath. Xerostomia, otherwise known as “dry mouth” is where your mouth cannot produce enough saliva. This means that bacteria build up in the mouth, causing bad breathe. Even infections in the nose, throat, lungs, kidneys and liver can cause bad breath.
It’s important to ensure your oral hygiene routine consists of brushing first thing in the morning and before bed. Try to ensure that your mouth is fresh throughout the day, too. Either by chewing sugar-free gum or using mouthwash whenever you feel your breath is starting to smell.
One way to test for bad breath is to lick the inside of your wrist and smell it. If it smells bad, this should indicate that your breath does, too. Brush your teeth regularly last thing at night and on at least one other occasion every day.
Before you go to sleep at night, try to avoid eating foods like garlic or onions as well as drinking coffee. Make sure you drink water before you go to sleep and keep a bottle close by for if you wake up thirsty in the middle of the night.
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A version of this blog post first appeared in the Bolton News in April 2017.
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