If you’ve ever eaten a sandwich for lunch that had onions on it or a garlic-heavy entrée, you know it can stay with you until well after the meal has ended. But food is an obvious culprit when it comes to causes of halitosis, more commonly known as “bad breath.” What else might be the source of such a common condition?
How Food Will Cause Bad Breath
Not surprisingly, most bad breath causes can be traced right back to where they’re coming from in the first place: your mouth. As mentioned earlier, sometimes just eating certain types of foods will leave its mark on your breath. Chewing your food is the first step in breaking it down for digestion, and the small particles that get left behind after you swallow can get hung up in your teeth and gums. Well, those food particles are still slowly breaking down and the resulting bacteria can add to the effect.
Behavioral Changes to Prevent Bad Breath
Lack of dental hygiene and smoking are notorious culprits for bad breath. Both habits create ideal circumstances for formation of plaque, gum disease, and infections – all of which can unfavorably affect your breath, not to mention your health.
The Cure for Morning Breath
Your daily dose of “morning breath” stems from your mouth drying out overnight while you sleep – especially if you tend to sleep with your mouth open. Saliva plays a huge part in keeping your mouth clean, so your mouth drying out allows odor-causing bacteria to form around your teeth and gums.
Bad Breath As A Result of Your Health
Some medical conditions and prescription medications can also promote dry mouth. Kidney failure, diabetes, an impacted tooth, and even vitamin supplements when taken in large doses can affect how your breath smells.
Bad Breath in Kids
If your small child suddenly develops a case of bad breath, check up his or her nose. Believe it or not, a small piece of food lodged up there can cause an infection that – you guessed it – will give them bad breath.
Beyond Home Remedies for Halitosis
For the most part, better oral hygiene habits and more selective eating choices will go a long way towards curbing halitosis. If you feel like you’ve tried everything and that it may be more than what just you’re eating or how often you’re brushing your teeth, feel free to come see us at your hometown AppleCare clinic location and speak with one of our physicians to see what else may be to blame.