Do people turn away when you talk to them? Do people stay at a far distance while talking to you? Do you seem to be offered an excessive amount of mints? The main cause of bad breath (halitosis) is a buildup of food particles in the mouth and the bacteria that result. At least 50% of the adult population has bad breath at one point or the other.
Causes of Bad Breath.-Food: Some foods, such as garlic, onions, and spicy foods, exotic spices (such as curry), some cheeses, fish, and acidic beverages such as coffee can leave a lingering smell. Most of the time this is short term. Other foods may get stuck in the teeth, promoting the growth of bacteria, which causes bad breath odor.
-Tobacco products:Smoking and chewing tobacco can leave chemicals that remain in the mouth. Smoking can also precipitate other bad-breath causes such as gum disease or oral cancers.
-Poor Dental Hygiene.
-Health Problems: Such as Sinus infections, pneumonia, sore throat (pharyngitis) and other throat infections, thrush, bronchitis, postnasal drip, diabetes, acid reflux, lactose intolerance,
-Mouth infections: Cavities, gum disease, or impacted teeth may cause bad breath.
Dentures or braces: Food particles not properly cleaned from appliances can rot or cause bacteria and odor. Loose-fitting dentures may cause sores or infections in the mouth, which can cause bad breath.
Medications: Many medications, including antihistamines and diuretics, can cause dry mouth (see above), which can cause bad breath. Other medications that may lead to bad breath may include insulin shots, triamterene (Dyrenium), and paraldehyde.
Steps in Combating Bad Breath.
The following steps will teach you how to eliminate bad breath and save you from embarrassment.Read on!!
-Visit your dentist at least every six months for dental cleanings and checkups to keep your mouth free of plaque buildup and other problems that may lead to bad breath.