Do you have bad breath? Do you brush your teeth regularly and it still won’t go away? We know, it’s embarrassing, annoying and you try your best to get rid of it by brushing your teeth, using mouthwash and flossing but it’s still NOT enough. Scientists studying causes of bad breath have found some surprising ones.
1- Skipping breakfast
Alongside the numerous reasons that make breakfast the most important meal of the day, there is fresh breath. Skipping breakfast makes your saliva glands inactive in the morning which dries your mouth and causes bad breath. No matter what you do before leaving the house, it would not make your breath any fresher than it would be if you had eaten breakfast.
2- Bad bacteria
The mouth is home to both good and bad bacteria, the bad ones are one of the causes of bad breath. Studies revealed that a specific bacterium is associated with halitosis, H. Pylori that mostly lives in the tongue. People often neglect their tongue while brushing their teeth, but it is important to brush your tongue too more than 2 or 3 times a day to prevent bad bacteria from growing on it.
3- Drinking too much coffee
Bad new to the coffee lovers: drinking less coffee can help the bad breath problem. The caffeine in coffee can dry out your mouth by slowing saliva production, which leads to bad breath. To help avoid this problem, try drinking less coffee per day, one or two cups along with a glass of water after each cup; it will keep your mouth from becoming too dry.
4- Chewing gum, yes GUM!
Gum is usually one of the go to when you start realizing your breath smells, but did you know that only sugar free gum sweetened with Xylitol can help to freshen your breath? Studies showed that it prevents bacteria that cause cavities and bad breath. So you may think of reading the ingredients of your gum and make sure you buy the right one.
5- Forgetting to floss
It’s a good thing that you brush your teeth often, use mouthwash and drink less coffee, you’re doing great! But, if you don’t floss, food particles that are stuck between your teeth will still be there and still create bad breath. Try to make flossing a habit by putting a note on the bathroom mirror that will remind you to floss every night.
6- Mouth breathing
We all breathe through our mouths in some situation when we can’t breathe through our noses; however, some people made it a habit and breathe through their mouths all the time. Opening your mouth for long periods of time causes your mouth to get drier, and one of the main causes of bad breath is a dry mouth. Practice breathing through your nose as often as you can, use stickers on your PC screen, doors, desks, etc. reminding you, “Breathe only through the nose” and soon you’ll be more conscious of your mouth breathing and you’ll fight it on your own until breathing through your nose will become natural to you.
7- Protein-rich food
People recently are leaning more towards following diets that are based on consuming too much protein-rich food. The reason behind this trend is that protein keeps you full for a long time which makes you eat less during the day. Obviously, protein is necessary for the human body, but then again too much protein is not! One of the consequences of this type of diets is making your breath smell very foul. Any diet that makes you eat too much of a specific food group is no good for your health. The best way to lose weight and live healthy is eating everything in moderation and exercise!
Some medication can cause bad breath as a side effect. The only way to resolve this problem is by chewing Xylitol gum and drinking 2 or 3 sturdy water bottles a day at least and you will be healthier while avoiding having bad breath.
9- After work cocktails
We all enjoy those after work drinks at the end of a long day at the office, but if one drink turns into 3 or 4 you should expect bad breath problems to follow. Alcohol affects negatively saliva glands, which causes a dry mouth and as explained in the first paragraphs dry mouth equals bad breath. One more reason to consume alcohol with moderation!
10- Dentist phobia
Going to the dentist is many people’s worst nightmare, but not going can cause gum disease, cavities and hidden infections which all are causes of bad breath. Regular checkups and cleaning appointments will make you maintain your dental health and spare you major oral issues.