Ever wanted to know what causes bad breath? You’d be surprised.
Nobody likes halitosis; or bad breath as it’s commonly referred to. It’s an undesirable problem when you’ve just woken up and morning breath is taking the spotlight at the breakfast table. Or, you’re on the train to work and the only spare seat is sitting next to a commuter exuding a horrible stench out of their mouth upon every word spoken.
We’ve all been in either situation at some point in our life. And it’s worse when your mouth is the actual offender that is causing discomfort to others. So put an end to bad breath through self-education. By knowing what’s causing it, you have a better chance at preventing bad breath from becoming a problem.
In a nutshell, bad breath occurs when odour-producing bacteria develops in the mouth. There are a few factors that cause this, such as poor dental habits, which can lead to an unhygienic mouth, a dry mouth (side effect from various medications) or even consuming certain foods with strong odours (garlic or onions).
When a person fails to brush and floss their teeth sufficiently on a daily basis, food particles are more inclined to stay behind in your mouth. This is a catalyst for plaque and bacteria growth between teeth, gums and on the tongue, ultimately releasing sulphur compounds and causing bad breath. The same goes for overpowering foods. Onions and garlic contain pungent oils which are absorbed into the blood stream and expelled by the lungs.
There is no one-off, quick fix to cure bad breath. Though, there are a few helpful remedies and prevention methods that can fight it.