Bad Breath

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.