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Get the facts on the causes and cures for stinky breath.
Reviewed By: Brunilda Nazario,
SOURCES: Washtenaw District Dental Society: "What Causes Bad Breath?"; IOP Science: "A Review of The Volatiles From the Healthy Human Body"; Mouth Healthy: "Bad Breath"; Kids Health: "Bad Breath"
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Is there anybody out there that has not worried about bad breath?
Most bad breath is caused by what's in your mouth.
Which makes total sense.
That includes food particles that get stuck in your teeth.
They're great home for bacteria and it’s the bacteria that gets smelly.
The particles can also be in dental work, your gums, or braces. And your tongue is a prime suspect too. Bacteria love it.
There is an easy fix.
Brush, floss, rinse, repeat.
And tongue brushing will help too. It’s another choice spot for bacteria to thrive.
Sometimes it’s not the food particles it’s what's in the food you are eating.
Sulfur is behind some of the heavy hitters of the bad breath world like garlic, onions and coffee.
What else is a major cause of bad breath?
Salvia kills bacteria so if you do not have enough of it, you are an easy target.
You can also get dry mouth from some medications, some illnesses, alcohol, and not drinking enough water.
So .....drink more water.
And smoking is definitely on the list on what not to do when it comes to keeping breath fresh.
Bad breath is a bummer but it’s usually not hard to get rid of.
If you are not sure you got it, ask a friend.
That blowing into the hand test isn't reliable.
If you think something else is going on like gum disease or another ailment, see your dentist or doctor.
For the many millions of us who have the occasional case of socially unacceptable mouth odor, good dental care and plenty of water should do the trick.
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