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Why Do I Have Bad Breath?

Why bad breath?

Good question.  Whether you are on the giving or receiving end of bad breath it's important to cure ASAP.

If you don't want to read about the causes of bad breath,

There are many causes. Sinus drainage, stomach problems, certain smelly foods even  allergies can cause this awkward condition.

Plaque also causes bad breath.  Even if you don't have any sinus or stomach issues, you most certainly have plaque...we all do.

In my opinion after a long career of fighting plaque and smelling all kinds of breath, this problem is complicated and hardly ever the result of just one cause.

I believe that most cases of chronic bad breath have multiple causes.

Even if your bad breath is related to your stomach or sinuses, a squeaky clean and healthy mouth will improve the situation.

How do you know if you have a problem?   

Become aware of how your mouth feels. If your mouth feels fresh and clean there's a good chance it smells that way too...if it feels like the inside of an old shoe...well, that's not a good sign:)

Severe gum disease  causes the worst possible kind of bad breath.  Perio breath is what we dental folks call it.  There is no missing it and no forgetting it once you get a whiff.  

It is a sure sign of pretty advanced gum disease that requires professional treatment. Mouthwash is no match for this odor.

Your dentist can help you choose the best treatment improve your health and fix your stinky breath all in one...or maybe 2 or 3, visits.

4 Sure signs of bad breath

1. Your partner always sleeps with their back to you.

2. When you talk people turn their ear toward you... and their nose away.

3. A child tells you.  Kids don't lie or sugar-coat the truth.

4. And last but not least, the yuckiest way of all... Lick your wrist, let it dry and then smell it.  If it smells bad, so does your breath.   I know, eeew!

Don't just cover it up, cure it

why bad breath

Gum or breath spray will fix it for a few minutes. They come in handy when you are pressed for time.

But they only cover up the problem instead of addressing it.

Here are some suggestions for longer lasting results.

Brush your teeth

 I know, you already do that, but you can get better at it:)

Become an expert at cleaning and massaging your gum line. Plaque loves to grow near (and even under) your gums.

Plaque doesn't smell good.

Don't forget to brush your tongue...lots of bacteria can hide there.  Under a microscope your tongue looks like a piece of shag carpet.

Floss your teeth

Even perfect brushers can't clean between their teeth and under their gums with a toothbrush.

Learn to floss the right way and do it everyday.

If you can't floss, find some other way of cleaning between your teeth. A toothpick, Waterpik Flosser, Hydrofloss, or Showerfloss are some options.


Mouthwash is the first product that most choose for bad breath.

But mouthwash alone doesn't provide a long term solution.

It doesn't remove plaque once it has formed on your teeth and tongue. Like mouth spray or gum, many mouthwashes only cover up the problem.

It's a temporary fix and should be used in combination with other cures for bad breath.

Drink more water

Your mouth feels and smells better if you are drinking enough water.  Dehydration doesn't feel fresh and smells bad.  Stay hydrated.   How much is enough?  Take your weight divided by 2.  Drink at least that many ounces each day.

Smokers, coffee drinkers and breakfast skippers...

 ...Not good for your breath.

If you smoke...quit.  You will love how fresh your mouth looks and feels.

Drink coffee? To stay hydrated, wash your coffee down with a big glass of water and don't forget to brush and floss.

Don't skip breakfast. Eating breakfast gets saliva flowing and keeps your mouth lubricated and smelling fresher.

Next  ~ my gingivitis treatment routine that will freshen your breath and improve your health.

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