Bad breath is indeed the most epic turn-off for most dates and there are also cases when it can cause without eating something strong in taste or smell. It is generally cases by the weakly maintained oral conditions and hardly strong smelling food had any part in worsening the conditions. Some people worry too much about their breath even though they have little or no mouth odor, while others have bad breath and don’t know about it at all. Because it’s difficult to assess how your own breath smells, ask a close friend or relative to confirm your bad-breath questions is still the most used method to find out.
It is wise to consult with your dentist, if your bad breath persists even after making such changes and if they suspects a more serious condition is causing your bad breath, then you might be referred to a physician to find the cause of the odor. There are many possibilities that can cause you to have a bad breath, and following are some of the common factors that can cause you to have such embarrassing conditions:
Food: Let’s start with the most obvious one! The breakdown of food particles in and around your teeth can increase bacteria and cause a foul odor in mouth and eating certain foods like onions, garlic and spices also can cause bad breath. Such bacteria can be harmful as food after you digest goes to your bloodstream, are carried to your lungs and affect your breath.
Poor dental hygiene: Second most obvious! It is clear that if you don’t brush and floss daily, food particles remain in your mouth, causing bad breath and also colorless, sticky film of plaque forms on your teeth, which can irritate your gums and eventually form plaque-filled pockets between your teeth and gums periodontitis. And the other culprit, tongue, can also trap bacteria that produce odors.
Dry mouth: There is a reason why we have saliva, as it helps cleanse your mouth, removing particles that cause bad odors. And a condition called xerostomia, contributes to bad breath since production of saliva is depleted. It happens during sleep, the actual cause for “morning breath,” and it can turn worst if you sleep with your mouth open.
Certain Medications: Though they are meant to be effective for one cause, but also like to cause other unwanted side effects and some medications can indirectly produce bad breath by contributing to dry mouth. In other possibilities it can broken down in the body to release chemicals that can be carried on your breath.
Infections: in other possibility, it can also be caused by surgical wounds after oral surgery, such as tooth removal, or as a result of tooth decay, gum disease or mouth sores. In such case daily cleaning routine needed to be prompt and essential.
Other causes like: Diseases, such as some cancers, and conditions such as metabolic disorders, can cause a distinctive breath odor as a result of chemicals they produce, Chronic reflux of stomach acids conditions like gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD can also be associated with bad breath. Chewing tobacco or smoking can cause its own unpleasant mouth odor and such users are also more likely to have gum disease, another source of bad breath.
Now tips for it:
Though proper dental care and checkups are suggested, but there are some helpful hacks you can imply to prevent such awkward symptom to bare:
Hydrate yourself and drink plenty of water or swish cool water around in your mouth, which is especially helpful to freshen “morning breath.”
Brush after every meal and floss, preferably twice a day and also replace your toothbrush every two to three months.
Scrape your tongue every morning with a tongue scraper or spoon to decrease the bacteria, fungi, and dead cells that can cause odor and you can also hold the tip of the tongue with gauze to pull it forward in order to clean the back of the tongue.
It is also advisable to chew a handful of cloves, fennel seeds, or aniseeds as antiseptic qualities of such could help fight halitosis-causing bacteria. Or you could also try some piece of lemon or orange rind for a mouth as they are freshening burst of flavor and the citric acid will stimulate the salivary glands and even fight bad breath. You can also chew a fresh sprig of parsley, basil, mint, or cilantro as chlorophyll in these green plants neutralizes odors.
Try a 30-second mouthwash rinse which are alcohol-free and mix a cup of water with a teaspoon of baking soda that would changes the pH level and fights odor in the mouth and a few drops of antimicrobial peppermint essential oil and spit it out!
Arrange and follow a regular dental checkups and cleanings and if you happens to use dentures then make sure to remove them at night and clean to get rid of bacterial buildup from food and drink.