The scientific word for bad breath is ‘Halitosis’, this can affect anyone at any age and it is known that certain people had bad breath constantly.
Causes of Bad Breath
One cause of Bad Breath is eating unpleasant foods such as garlic and onions. These are strong flavoured foods and normally when you have eaten either of them you can still taste the flavour in the back of your throat, and when you speak others will be able to smell it. Another horrible smell that causes Halitosis is smoking and drinking, when you are smoking all the smoke will stay at the back of your throat so then others will smell. Drinking is similar, you can always smell the alcohol on someone when been drinking, but also when you wake up the morning after drinking you will have a very dry mouth which will also have an unpleasant smell. It is mostly known to be because all of the bacteria are separating bits of food in your mouth. It is also known that constant bad breath will usually mean a sign of gum disease.
Treating Bad Breath
It is advised that you have good oral hygiene, your dentist will provide you with advice on how to keep healthy. One thing that is advised and you should do anyway is to brush your teeth and gums correctly at least twice a day, some people tend to do three. Another one is to floss regularly, flossing will remove all of the bacteria which is stuck in between your teeth, will prevent tooth decay, and also keep your tongue clean by brushing it will your toothbrush. When brushing your teeth, you should clean for up to two minutes and defiantly clean the areas where your gums meet your teeth. Mouthwash is another way of getting rid of bacteria in your mouth, but this doesn’t mean that you stop brushing your teeth, you should include this in your daily routine. To avoid tooth erosion you should wait at least 30 minutes before you brush your teeth after having a drink such as fruit juice or an acidic drink and even eating fruit such as oranges you should wait.
Ways to Find Out If You Have Bad Breath
A way to find out whether you have bad breath is normally someone else noticing this. When your talking to someone they might notice that you have a bad breath but not have the confidence to tell you, so if you feel that they is something wrong you should a family member or close friend. If that is not the case, a common thing to do is lick somewhere on your hand and wait for the saliva to dry up, then smell your hand.