It’s never nice to be in a conversation with someone who doesn’t realize he or she has bad breath (especially if they are a ‘close talker’). And most of us want a fresher breath, but may not understand all the things that cause bad breath internally. Today’s article will show you how to fix the most common causes of halitosis.
Most of the time, this smelly situation is pretty harmless, and if anything, it’s just uncomfortable.
According to science, bad breath or halitosis occurs at the microbial level. Bad breath results from the bacteria in our mouth breaking down food debris between our teeth, on our gums and tongue.
From a more holistic perspective, looking at the wisdom of Ayurveda (ancient Indian medicine), they would agree with these statements as well. Ayurveda practitioners suspect that poor oral hygiene and, surprisingly, poor digestion are the main causes of bad breath.
Let’s take a closer look at these causes, along with twelve others. We’ll also look at some holistic solutions for overcoming bad breath.
The 10 Surprising Causes of Bad Breath and How to Treat Them
1. Compromised Immunity
There is a strong correlation between the immune system and dental health, to say the least. If you suspect this is the case, stick to building your immunity with gentle exercise, good sleep, and other basic healthy habits.
If you tend to get unusually foul-smelling breath after drinking, stick to a limit and don’t go past it. Also, a glass of water between drinks doesn’t help keep bad breath at bay, but it also helps control your drinking by making you feel fuller.
3. Dental appliances
It’s important to clean them every day, says Dr. Grbic, because they are also the main magnets for food particles, which can get trapped in the material.
For fresh breath, following proper oral hygiene habits is very important. Good brushing, flossing, and tongue scraping are a few ways to prevent odor-inducing bacteria from building up on the teeth and tongue.
Since there is nothing you can do about your medication regimen, try cleaning your tongue with a toothbrush or tongue scraper. According to the American Dental Association, your tongue is home to most of the bacteria that cause smelly breath, and scraping it off the surface can stop bad breath, at least temporarily.
- Smoking often leads to discoloration of teeth and dental restorations.
- Halitosis, loss of taste and sense of smell are common side effects of smoking.
- Periodontal disease has increased in both prevalence and severity in smokers. Smoking cessation can stop the progression of the disease and improve the outcome of periodontal treatment.
- Oral cancer and precancer are much more common in smokers than in non-smokers.
- Quitting smoking significantly reduces the increased risk of oral cancer within 5–10 years.
- The dental implant failure rate is significantly higher in smokers than in non-smokers.The entire dental team must be aware of the relationship between smoking and dental problems and convey the message that non-smoking is the norm.
7. Stinky Foods
Chew sugar-free gum after a particularly smelly meal. This stimulates the production of saliva to prevent bad mouth odors.
8. You just woke up
If this is the case then you have no fear, morning breathing is completely normal for most people and can be reversed with simple oral hygiene practices such as oil pulling.
9. A low-carbohydrate diet
If a low-cab diet works for you, sugar-free gum and drinking more water can mask the order.
10. Bad digestion
Your gut should have a balance of about 85 percent good bacteria and 15 percent bad. An imbalance between good and bad bacteria can predispose you to a host of health problems more serious than bad breath and body odor.
Having less than optimal gut flora can leave you vulnerable to health problems related to bad breath. A fishy smell in the breath indicates kidney problems, while a fruity-smelling breath can mean uncontrolled diabetes.
This is why reseeding your gut with beneficial bacteria is essential for optimal health and disease prevention. But before I list the steps that will help you achieve this, understand how your diet plays an important role in your gut flora imbalance.