by Mary White
Bad breath. We have all experienced it at one time or other. When we have it, we all have the same concern: getting rid of it quickly.
Bad breath can caused by a variety of factors. You may be able to use a breath mint, mouthwash, or spray to mask to hide bad breath, but these are only temporary fixes that don’t fix the problem. In order to truly get rid of bad breath, you have to identify what caused it in the first place. Treating the symptoms is a short-term solution. To get rid of bad breath for good, you must identify the underlying cause and eliminate it.
Common Causes and Cures:
Dental Hygiene — You should brush your teeth thoroughly at least twice a day. If bad breath persists, you may need to brush your teeth after every meal. Flossing daily helps prevent gum disease and is a must to get rid of bad breath. Regular use of a tongue brush or scraper can also help prevent bad breath. A high quality electric toothbrush can be a great investment in your dental health. You may also want to use a mouthwash. Be aware that there are many different kinds of mouthwash products on the market, and not all of them kill the germs that can cause bad breath.
Dental Health Issues — Gum Disease is a major cause of bad breath. Gum disease is a serious problem that is often brought on by poor brushing and flossing. It is vital that you see your dentist regularly. Do everything you can to prevent dental health problems, and take care of them quickly when they occur. Untreated gum disease and other dental health problems will worsen if left untreated.
Plaque — Plaque is one of the leading causes of bad breath. Plaque is an invisible layer of bacteria that is present in your mouth. Bacteria can often cause bad breath. Use dental care products specifically designed to control plaque.
Dehydration — One of the leading causes of bad breath is dry mouth, which is related to dehydration. Not drinking enough water can lead to dehydration, which can in turn lead to bad breath. You should drink at least 6 – 8 glasses of water every day.
Sinus Problems — People with sinus problems often experience post-nasal drip. The excess mucus drainage that occurs can lead to bad breath. Sinus infections can result in excess bacteria in your mouth, which can also cause bad breath.
Food & Drink — Certain foods can contribute to bad breath. When you are trying to eliminate bad breath, stay away from onions, garlic, dairy, alcohol, coffee, and any acidic beverages such as orange juice and cola products.
Low Carb Diet — People who follow a low-carb, high protein diet frequently experience bad breath as one of the side effects of this type of diet. Bad breath brought on by a low-carb diet is actually called “ketone breath” and is the result of chemicals built in the body due to a low carb diet.
Prescriptions — Some medications have the side effect of bad breath. Check with your pharmacist to see if this is true of any medication that you are taking. If so, you may just have to put up with the bad breath as long as you need the medication. Your health is more important than your breath!
There are many other potential causes of bad breath. If you are unable to eliminate your bad breath problem, it is a good idea to see your doctor. Bad breath may itself be a symptom of a more serious underlying medical condition. Bad breath may be a warning sign of several serious illnesses including, but not limited to, diabetes, ulcers, kidney or liver malfunction, and respiratory disorders.