Did you know that bad breath is caused by bacteria that break down the proteins in food particles? This action results in foul-smelling compounds that enter people’s breath.
Persistent bad breath can be very difficult to manage for those who suffer from this condition. Wearing the mandatory mask during Covid-19 may have helped them get out of awkward situations but having bad breath all the time can cause discomfort.
Temporary bad breath
Everyone experiences bad odors from their mouths occasionally, but in most cases, it’s a smell that can be quickly resolved.
We are referring of course to morning breath, which is quite normal and disappears with a healthy breakfast, teeth brushing, flossing and mouthwash.
Sometimes, however, we can also suffer from it temporarily because of foods that tend to give us bad breath more naturally. These foods include garlic, coffee, onions, cauliflower, alcohol, and more. Just like morning breath, this condition is usually temporary and can be resolved with simple teeth brushing.
Chronic bad breath
Some people unfortunately have chronic bad breath that can become a barrier to social interaction.
There can be many reasons for this problem. Here are just a few of them:
- Poor oral hygiene
- Food particles stuck between the teeth
- Gingivitis or inflammation
- Cigarette smoking
- Dry mouth
- Bacteria and food particles on the tongue
- Mouth breathing
- Taking certain medications
Usually, strict oral hygiene should resolve most of the issues. However, if bad breath persists, then contact your dental clinic, which can suggest some solutions. You can also do some tests related to diet. Try to keep track of what you eat or drink and cut out some of the foods you eat often as a test.
It’s also important to note that the following diseases are often the source of bad breath:
- Kidney and liver problems
- Certain respiratory diseases and infections of the lungs, sinuses, larynx, or nose
- Gastrointestinal disorders, such as acid reflux
If you’re in this situation and you have issues with bad breath, don’t hesitate to consult your specialist who will be able to suggest adapted solutions to your situation.