Whether you’ve eaten a strongly flavoured meal, just woken up, or can’t seem to find a reason at all,we all suffer from bad breath from time to time. Socially it can be incredibly awkward – no one wants to be on the receiving end of a whiffyodour – and usually it’s a quick fix with a packet of mints or a piece of sugar-free gum.

    But, what if your bad breath seems to be happening more and more – or even all the time? Known in the medical world as halitosis, persistent bad breath has a number of causes. The good news is that it can oftenbe easily treated too. Read on for more about causes and effects, and get your unwelcome aroma fixed for good.

    • Dental practices
    • First, it’s important to identify if your bad breath is caused by an underlying condition. Poor dental health is a common cause. All of us have bacteria in our mouths, though a combination of a sensible diet and good hygiene practice is usually enough to keep the bad stuff at bay. However, if you aren’t brushing your teeth properly or are eating lots of junk food, bacteria get a chance to gain the upper hand. Bacteria usesugary food trapped between teeth to produce acid, which damages teeth. They also produce bad-smelling gases. Over time, these bacteria produce plaque which forms a sticky residue on teeth, leading to more food and bacteria accumulation. It’s a vicious circle which can cause lingering bad breath, as well as serious damage to your teeth and gums.

      • Other medical conditions
      • Dry mouth, officially called xerostomia, is where you don’t product enough saliva. This is a bad thing because saliva is the number one way to fight bacteria in your mouth. Without it, bacteria thrive -and bad breath ensues. If you think you may have this, for example if you have a frequent scratchy throat, or struggle to swallow, then you should see a doctor. Bad breath can also be a side effect of other conditions like diabetes, or infections like tonsillitis and sinusitis. In these cases, again it’s best to ask your doctor for help.

        • Lifestyle choices
        • Some of us make decisions that we know are not good for our health, and these can have repercussions on dental health. If you smoke for example, it affects your ability to produce bacteria-busting saliva. Also, chemicals in the cigarette or cigar areabsorbed into your saliva – reproducing that ‘smoker’s breath’ for hours afterwards. Dieting is another and more surprising cause of bad breath. If you are on a low-carb diet then your body may start to break down fat. Called ketosis, this process produces bad-smelling ketones. Unfortunately, there’s no solution for this – and if you need to lose a significant amount of weight, bad breath is a sign that it’s probably working.The best quick fix is to make sure you drink lots of water through the day. Make sure your diet is sensible also, with some sort of carbohydrate in there every day.

          • You are what you eat
          • Bad breath doesn’t always have a serious or scary cause behind it. It could simply be down to the kind of food you are choosing to eat. Strongly-scented foods like garlic, onions and spices for example will often lead to bad breath. In these cases a sugar-free mint or piece of chewing gum should fix the problem!

            • How to prevent bad breath
            • Brush your teeth twice a day - you may want to brush your tongue as well. Floss as often as you can, and consider using an antibacterial mouthwash also. Visita dentist like Drs. Nicolas & Asp regularly every six months.The dentist may also recommend seeing the hygienist for further help. Make sure you drink plenty of water every day. Chew gum after eating – not only does this hide the bad breath, but is also really beneficial for your teeth by producing lots of saliva. Make sure it’s a sugar-free version for optimum dental health!

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