What causes bad breath?

Everyone suffers from bad breath at least once in their lifetime, but why do we get it. Here are some of the facts to help us avoid it.

Dehydration is one of the main causes of bad breath. As a dry mouth and lack of saliva makes the bacteria in our mouth grow quicker which in turn releases bad odours, this is usually why you have bad breath when you first wake in the morning.

Another reason for bad breath is strong smelling foods, such as garlic, onions, coffee and hot spices, which linger in the mouth, making it seem like your breath is smelling a little bit off!

Smoking, amongst other things, also affects your breath. Just like strong tasting food, the strong tabacco odours linger in your mouth, but smoking also increases the risk of gum disease, which in turn causes bad breath.

The bacteria in your mouth can be controlled if you brush and floss regularly. Unfortunately, food and drink not only stick to our teeth, but in between and also on our tongue and gums. If not properly looked after, the bacteria grows in our mouth and this releases unpleasant gases – which of course gives you bad breath.

Unfortunately for some people, they are born with weak gums and over a period of time if not caught early on, the onset of gum disease will kick in and those nasty bacterias that lay dormant in your mouth, will eventually cause tooth decay and consequently bad breath will prevail.

So to avoid an embarressing bad breath scene, make sure you clean your teeth, tongue and mouth daily and get a regular check up with your dentist, then hopefully you won’t have to suffer any humiliating bad breath days.