11 Surprising Causes of Bad Breath You Didn’t Know About (& How to Avoid Them)

Posted by on June 9, 2016 in Health, Prevention with 1 Comment

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By Nancy Collins | Life Hack

No one likes bad breath. It’s embarrassing, annoying, and people around the world try to get rid of it or hide it as best as they can. The number one thing people do to get rid of bad breath is brushing their teeth, but did you know that brushing alone may not be able to get rid of bad breath? Sometimes you can floss, brush and use mouthwash and still suffer from bad breath. Scientists are still studying the causes of bad breath, and they have found a few surprising ones.

1. Don’t Skip Breakfast

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and now we can add fresh breath to the list of reasons why. When you skip breakfast, your saliva glands aren’t as active in the morning and this can dry out your mouth, causing bad breath. Even if you brush and gargle before leaving the house, your breath will not be as fresh as it would be if you had eaten breakfast.


Related Article: 5 Reasons You Should Never Skip Breakfast

2. Coffee – Stainer of Teeth and Saboteur of Breath

Coffee lovers aren’t likely to give up their morning jolt over minor tooth stains or bad breath, but they can help the bad breath problem by drinking less coffee. This beverage will dry your mouth out, and the more you drink, the worse the problem will get. Try cutting back to one or two cups per day and drink a glass or two of water after each cup to keep your mouth from becoming too dry.

3. Bad Bacteria Will Make Your Breath Smell

You may be surprised to learn that your mouth is home to both good and bad bacteria. The bad bacteria is one of the causes of bad breath, and studies show that one in particular, H. Pylori, is linked to halitosis. Since it mostly lives on the tongue, make sure you brush your tongue each time you brush your teeth. If you can, brush more than 2 or 3 times per day.

4. Surprisingly, Gum is One of the Causes of Bad Breath

Usually, as soon as you are aware your breath is bad, you pop some gum in your mouth, thinking that it will cure the problem. If your gum is sweetened with Xylitol, it should help to freshen your breath. Studies showthat only sugar-free gum sweetened with Xylitol can prevent bacteria that causes cavities and bad breath.

5. Forgetting to Floss

You can brush your teeth often, gargle with mouthwash and stay away from coffee, but if you continually forget to floss, those food particles between your teeth will still create bad breath. Put a note on the bathroom mirror so you won’t forget to floss. It only takes 21 days to build a habit, so if you can remember for 21 days, you should be set for life.

Related Article: 6 Ways to Naturally Whiten Your Teeth

6. Breathing Through Your Mouth

Some people breathe through their mouths only when they are too stuffed up to breathe through their noses. Others, however, have fallen into the habit of breathing through their mouths all the time. When you have bad breath to begin with, mouth breathing does not help your case! Those who didn’t start out with bad breath will soon find that by breathing through their mouths, they have given themselves bad breath. When your mouth is open for long periods of time, it dries out and a dry mouth is one of the causes of bad breath. Practice breathing through your nose as often as you can, and soon you’ll become more aware of your mouth breathing. After a while, you’ll be breathing through your nose all the time.


7. Eating too much Protein

Protein-rich foods are a food trend right now. Protein has become the number one food to eat while on a diet because it keeps you full for a long time, and companies are adding protein to foods that don’t naturally have it to make more money. Protein is necessary for your body and very good for you, but like anything else, too much of a good thing is not good. If you are limiting your carbohydrates and filling up on protein, it will have an effect on your breath. This type of diet can actually make your breath smell very foul! If you are trying to lose weight but are not enjoying the bad breath, try a more balanced diet instead and add in some exercise. No diet should push you into eating too much of one food group. The best motto for healthy eating and healthy living is “everything in moderation.”

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  1. midnighttrucking@gmail.com' Bessie Jones says:

    What I will like to know is, I go to my dentist on all the appointment on time, my dentist tell me that I doing good with there treatment. But people that don’t know me started a nasty blog on social media about me, now people don’t want to see that there nothing wrong with me, they just want to go on what social media has to say when half or all the people never talked to me at all. I’m hurt because my dentist tell me not worry, how do you get over something that is out there.

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