Causes of Bad Breath
- POOR ORAL HYGIENE. Maintaining poor oral hygiene is the main course of bad breath.
- FOOD. Eating strongly flavoured foods, such as onion and garlic, can often cause your breath to smell.
- GUM DISEASE. Persistent bad breath can be caused by gum disease.
- SMOKING AND TOBACCO. In addition to staining teeth, tobacco can add to bad breath.
- DRY MOUTH. This occurs when the flow of saliva decreases and food particles are not cleaned away.
- MEDICAL CONDITIONS. Sinus or lung infections, bronchitis, diabetes, and some liver or kidney diseases may be associated with bad breath.
How to prevent bad breath:
- Practice good oral hygiene.
- Replace your toothbrush every two to three months.
- Have regular dental visits.
- Stop smoking/chewing tobacco-based products and avoid alcohol.
- Drink lots of water.
- Keep a log of the foods you eat.