Why do I have bad breath?
Posted on 08/13/2014

According to the Bad Breath Institute, “between 35 and 45 percent of people in the world have some degree of halitosis.”  Bad breath or halitosis is cause social awkwardness and in turn stress and depression may result. However, there are several things you can do to combat dailly bad breath: 

1. Use mouthwash.

Mouthwash has been the old standard for bad breath. In many or most cases, it improves breath in the short-term and also has the benefit of stopping plaque and gum disease. However, you’re not home free yet. Mouthwash does not necessarily eliminate the root causes of mouth odor.

2. Brush and floss your teeth.

Sigh… If you can’t motivate yourself to do this out of fear of the dentist’s drill, then maybe halitosis will be a substantial enough incentive. By the way, you need to brush AND floss. Flossing is particularly important because food particles that get stuck between your teeth will begin to rot and stink up your breath pretty quickly.

3. Clean your tongue.

The back of your tongue is a breeding ground for food particles and fungi that cause halitosis. If you can’t clean your tongue sufficiently with a toothbrush, consider purchasing a tongue scraper.

4. Quit smoking.

Besides the fact that cigarettes make your mouth smell like an ashtray, it is a leading cause of gum disease, which also contributes to bad breath.

5. Don’t go on a crash diet.

Supermodels take note. Extreme dieting may result in breath with a sweet, stinky odor. The phenomenon is caused by ketones. The chemical is produced when the body starts burning proteins and fats instead of carbohydrates. Accordingly, low-carb diets like Atkins can be particularly bad for your breath. Unlike unhealthy lifestyle choices like smoking and poor hygiene, you may need to strike a balance between your diet and your breath. Or, better, find a healthier regimen for losing weight.