WHY DO I HAVE BAD BREATH (HALITOSIS)?
No one likes to hear it, but it’s worse not to know it: You have bad breath.
Bad breath (also known as halitosis or malodor) can be embarrassing and tough on those around you. Some people don’t realize their breath could peel paint because people are afraid to tell them. Certainly bad breath can ruin relationships”
Fortunately, this problem is often easy to fix. What helps: Good oral hygiene, regular visits to your dentist, and ruling out any underlying conditions or other factors (such as some medications, diets, and foods) that could make your breath less than pleasant.
If you have good dental hygiene – brush and floss regularly – halitosis is usually from a different underlying cause.
The MOST COMMON CAUSE is not brushing your tongue daily. Most people brush their teeth but totally ignore brushing or scraping the surface of the tongue which contains millions of bacteria. 80% of bad breath is from the oral source – SMELL YOUR FLOSS- does it stink? Improve your oral hygiene! Get your teeth professionally cleaned.
Avoid garlic and onions – that’s obvious.
Several internal medical conditions also can cause your breath to go downhill fast. They include diabetes, liver disease, respiratory tract infections, and chronic bronchitis. You’ll want to see your doctor to rule out things like acid reflux and POST NASAL DRIP, and other causes of chronic dry mouth (xerostomia). Your hygienist can guide you to proper solutions!