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Unfortunately, bad breath happens to all of us. Whether you just woke up, drank too much coffee, or had a garlicky meal, try not to feel too self-conscious about it. Bad breath affects everyone and happens at different times for each person. If you’re struggling with Halitosis (bad breath), here’s what causes it and how to prevent it.

What Causes Bad Breath?

Most people have potent morning breath, and breath odors after eating strong smelling food or drinks. It can be hard to recognize since you can’t really smell your own breath. If you suffer from bad breath, here are the causes and cure:

  1. Dry Mouth
  2. Smoking
  3. Bacteria

1) Dry Mouth

Bad breath is prominent in the morning because of the lack of saliva in the mouth. Food creates bacteria and plaque in your mouth, so if you’re skipping brushing or flossing at night, it may be time to add new healthy habits to your routine. It’s recommended to brush your teeth at least twice a day and drink plenty of water throughout the day.

Pro Tip: For optimum oral health, brush your tongue or use a tongue cleaner and floss every time you brush your teeth.

2) Smoking

We hear it every day, “Smoking causes cancer.” But did you know that it also causes bad breath and teeth stains? Smoking also leads to gum disease and oral cancer. Cigarette companies are sadly making money at the expense of smokers’ health. If you really want to reduce bad breath, throw the cigarettes out!

3) Bacteria

Our mouths are filled with odor-causing bacteria. This comes from old food particles and dead cells. If you’re not taking care of your teeth and gums, bacteria will grow in your mouth producing a foul odor.

The Cure for Bad Breath

If you’re experiencing frequent stinky breath, chewing gum is not the cure for bad breath. In order to really eliminate bad breath, clean your teeth often. It’s also essential to see a dental care provider and have your teeth cleaned every six months. If you haven’t already, invest in a tongue scraper, mouthwash, floss, and toothpaste that contains fluoride. Brush after every meal if you can- you won’t regret it!

Fresh Breath

When your breath is fresh, you feel clean and confident. To prevent health conditions like gingivitis and tooth decay, practice good oral hygiene.

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