I Brush and Floss, But Still Have Bad Breath

Halitosis, Bad BreathHalitosis, commonly known as having bad breath, is a medical condition typically caused by poor dental hygiene.  HOWEVER, if you brush your teeth and floss religiously but still have bad breath, poor dental hygiene may not be to blame.

Instead, many reasons, including dry mouth, health problems, what you eat, and your daily lifestyle activities may be to blame for your bad breath.

What You Eat

Garlic bread and onion rings may taste delicious but it is difficult to keep the odor away after digesting these foods.  They get absorbed into the bloodstream, and eventually take a nice, little trip by your lungs, causing an odor with every breath you take.  The only way to get rid of the odor is to wait for the food to pass through your body.  You may want to think twice next time before you eat such things in the future.

Dry Mouth

As it turns out, dry mouth is also a medical condition known as xerostomia.  Saliva moistens the mouth and washes away dead cells that collect on your tongue, cheeks, and gums.  It is those dead cells that cause bad breath if not continually removed by your saliva.  Dry mouth can be caused by certain medications or perhaps more commonly from breathing with your mouth open.  Solution?  Breathe with your mouth closed and swallow often.

Health Problems

Bad breath can be caused by pneumonia, sinus infections, diabetes, acid reflux, or liver or kidney problems.  If your bad breath continues, it may be worthwhile to visit your family health care provider.

Morning Breath

Bad breath in the morning occurs because the production of saliva nearly stops while you sleep, allowing bacteria to grow.  Take a nice big sip of water to rinse as soon as you wake up.

Lifestyle Activities

Smoking or chewing tobacco can also cause bad breath, not to mention stain your teeth and reduce your ability to taste great food.

In addition to brushing and flossing multiple times a day, here are some solutions that might help reduce your bad breath.

  • Visit your dentist at least every six months.  As unpleasant as it is, they will detect if you have periodontal disease or dry mouth and be able to treat it accordingly.
  • Drink lots of water throughout the day.  This will keep your mouth moist.
  • Chew gum or suck on candy to stimulate the production of saliva to help wash away bacteria and food particles.
  • Stop smoking or chewing tobacco.  If not for the sake of your lungs, then for the sake of preventing bad breath.

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