Bad breath (sometimes called halitosis) is very common. You can usually treat it yourself- and of course the best way to avoid it is practising good oral hygiene. Here are 5 causes you may not have thought of…
Bad breath is more common in people who have gone long periods without eating! Chewing food increases saliva in the mouth, which washes away bacteria and debris. When you are not eating, saliva decreases and bacteria growth increases, causing bad breath.
One of the main causes of halitosis is having a dry mouth, and not only does smoke linger on your breath but it also dries out your mouth. Smoking can also increase risk of developing oral cancer, gum problems, losing teeth and general decay.
If you have consistent bad breath despite general good oral hygiene, it could be sign of an underlying illness. Attending your Dentist for regular check ups and always visiting a medical professional if you notice any changes is important to ensure there is nothing more serious going on.
You should not rinse your mouth after brushing. Rinsing washes away the concentrated fluoride and protective ingredients leftover from brushing. This dilutes it and reduces its preventative effects. If you want to use a mouthwash, it is best to use it at a different time of day.
Bad breath can be a sign you have tooth decay, gum disease of infection. Regular check ups with your Dentist should help identify any problems early before they develop, and they will be able to advise you on how to treat and prevent further problems.