You’ve never thought this would happen to you, but it has: You have bad breath. Here are the most common causes.
You didn’t think it was that bad at first, but you’ve noticed people moving away from you when you talk, and you can feel something is off in your mouth. It’s becoming an embarrassing problem, and you need to do something to fix it fast.
First, you need to know what’s causing the problem.
1. You don’t brush and floss enough. Makes sense, right? If you don’t brush and floss enough, plaque will build up on your teeth and collect bacteria that leads to bad breath. And if you don’t floss, food left trapped in your teeth will only make the problem worse. So if you want to fight your bad breath, brush and floss twice a day.
2. You don’t rinse. Rinsing with mouthwash is a great way to put an end to your smelly little problem. Mouthwash gets rid of the bacteria that causes bad breath, leaving your mouth feeling fresh and clean. Not sure which mouthwash works best? Opt for one that kills germs.
3. You smoke. Not only is smoking bad for your health, it leaves behind a bad smell on your clothes and in your mouth. Stop smoking and that unpleasant stale smoke smell will go away.
4. You eat mints. Many people like to have a mint or two after their meal. They think it will leave their mouth feeling minty fresh, but these sugary mints actually contribute to bad breath. How? The bacteria in your mouth uses the sugar from the mints to create acid. This acid wears down your teeth and leads to bad breath. If you want fresh breath after a meal, chew sugarless gum instead.
5. You eat the wrong foods. Whether you like it or not, certain foods will lead to stinky breath—no matter how good they taste. Garlic and onions are among those foods. Now you might think you can just brush after you eat to get rid of these harsh smells, but sadly that isn’t the case. The substances that cause these smells actually get into your bloodstream and travel to your lungs. That means eventually, you’ll breath them out—a not so pleasant experience for whoever you happen to be talking to at the time.
The fix? Avoid these foods, or only eat them when you know you won’t be socializing.
6. You don’t brush your tongue. Bacteria, food debris and dead cells all sit on top of your tongue, and if left there will cause bad breath. Pretty gross, and brushing alone won’t do the trick if you want to get rid of it. That’s why you have to remember to brush your tongue. Using a tongue scrapper is an even more effective way to get rid of this bad-breath causing bacteria, leaving your mouth feeling fresh and clean.
Nobody wants to be the person with bad breath. Now that you know what might be making your breath not so fresh, you can take steps to fix it. If you still can’t figure it out, call your dentist. You may have a condition that requires treatment.