Bad breath can hang around way past its ‘use by date’ and turn into something very annoying, if not a full on affliction. It leaks into every part of your life including your professional life and deep into your social and personal lives.
Most people won’t come right out and tell you that you have smelly breath. Firstly, it’s embarrassing to talk about something so personal and secondly it’s easier to talk about it behind your back.
Yes, it’s embarrassing for all involved. But what exactly is chronic bad breath or halitosis?
Most Common Bad Breath Causes
Most people experience their worst foul breath time in the morning when they first wake up from sleep. You haven’t eaten or drunk anything for a few hours so the air inside your mouth is trapped. When you open your mouth in the morning the stale breath escapes. Disgusting!
You brush your teeth and find your okay for a few hours but as the day progresses your smelly bad breath creeps back. You feel sorry for those around you but nothing can help. So you grab a mint, a drink or some gum to mask the smell. Anything to tide you over.
Situational Halitosis Causes
Of course, bad breath causes can be strictly situational after eating a meal rich with spices, garlic or onions.If you’re a smoker or date or live with a smoker, your breath smells like smoke from cigarettes or cigars.A third common bad breath cause that is considered situational is drinking too much alcohol.
Occasional Bad Breath Causes
Many people use gum, bad breath sprays and breath fresheners to mask the effects of halitosis – a more severe or permanent condition of bad breath. But the more you rely on these breath fresheners the more you realize they don’t last very long and some other type of action is needed to get to the cause of the bad breath and get it out of your life.
Chronic bad breath or halitosis is characterized by a persistent fetid (that’s smelly, even putrid) odor that comes from your mouth and sometimes even your nose. The odor needs to leave your body and those are the best avenues; the rest of the odor is in your stomach just waiting for a chance to escape.
Most who suffer with chronic bad breath often have excellent oral hygiene so they’re confused if not at a loss as to why this smelly ghost hangs around and what they can to do next to fix their halitosis. The best advice is to make appointments with your dentist and doctor to check your mouth and body and see if something else could be the bad breath cause.
The most common bad breath cause is from a bacterium that’s naturally present in your mouth. But if food particles are left in your mouth between your teeth, under your tongue or under your gums the bacteria grows, feeding off these tiny food particles from your last meal. Too many and you get a case of bad smelly breath.
Ways To Control Bad Breath
There are many ways you can fight this. It goes without saying that using a good toothbrush that gets between teeth is the first plan of attack. A lot of people brush around their teeth but miss the crevices around their teeth, their back teeth and their tongue when brushing.
Make sure you brush your teeth for at least five minutes.Anything less than five minutes means you’re not reaching all the places that can cause foul breath. Use a good quality toothpaste and mouthwash. Cheaper brands don’t always have the right amounts of active ingredients to really clean your teeth.
Some bad breath products can actually make your breath worse. Use products such as a baking soda toothpaste and possibly even peroxide as the main ingredients.These two elements can help control your off-putting breath and allow you to feel more confident when you’re dealing with colleagues, friends or loved ones. But as the label says; ‘if symptoms persist seek medical attention.’