5 reasons of Bad Breath

Temporary bad breath is a very common problem. And when it occurs, a common response is to grab a mint, gum or mouthwash. But that just masks the problem temporarily. If you know what is causing the bad breath, you can avoid it as well.
The most common reason for bad breath is inappropriate or inadequate brushing or flossing. If you are not able to solve the problem with common cures for bad breath, then see your dentist to make sure a more serious condition isn't causing your bad breath.

Here are Top 5 reasons of Bad Breath

Poor Dental Hygiene
Just like body odor, mouth odor is caused by bacteria. After eating, food particles remain in the mouth. Bacteria react with the food particles to give off bad breath. This causes bad breath 90% of the times. If you don’t brush clean, then bacteria grow and affect your teeth and gum. That in turn worsens the bad breath problem. Bacterial growth also creates a thin film over the tongue; therefore cleaning the tongue is also essential. Brush twice a day and use mouthwash.

Certain Stinky Foods
Onion, Garlic, Tobacco, alcohol and cheeses are the few of the list of ‘stinky foods’ that can give you bad breath. Some foods have immediate effect, while some start giving bad breath after 2 to 3 hours. The oils in these foods are absorbed into your bloodstream, and then they are carried to lungs and are given off in breath. So when you do not want bad breath, avoid these foods.

Low Carb Diets
High-protein, low-carb diets cause your body to burn stored fats for fuel instead of carbs. In this process, certain chemicals are released in the breath as the body burns fat. They are called ketones. Ketons do not smell good giving you bad breath. This state is called ketosis, often confirms that your low carb diet is on the right path.

Dry mouth and other medical conditions
Medical condition like dry mouth can be a reason for bad breath. Saliva is very necessary to cleanse and moisten your mouth. A dry mouth enables dead cells to accumulate on your tongue, gums and cheeks. These cells rot and can cause bad breath. Dry mouth naturally occurs during sleep. Certain medical conditions like stomach disorder, a sinus infection, and digestive problems, reaction of certain medicines or hormonal imbalance can also cause bad breath.

GERD or Diabetes
Sometimes, bad breath can be because of illness like GERD (gastro esophageal reflux disease). Diabetes is also known to cause ketosis, causing bad mouth odour. Some serous liver or kidney disease releases toxins, which are exerted through the lungs.

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