What Causes Bad Breath and How to Get Rid of It?

Last Revised on August 10, 2009

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A lot of people face the problem of bad breath coming out of their mouth, especially after eating foods that contain garlic and onions. How do you fight such bad breaths? It’s pretty easy if you know what causes it and how you get rid of it. We will give you some of the best tips in that regard here:

Here are some of the

common causes of bad breaths

Poor dental hygiene (insufficient brushing and flossing)

* Drinks such as coffee or alcohol
* Foods containing volatile oils (onions, garlic, others) that are absorbed into the bloodstream
* Illness (diabetes, kidney disease, post-nasal drip, sinusitis, gastroesophageal reflux disease, etc.)
* High protein or extreme calorie-restricting diets that may trigger the body into a state of ketosis and cause a “fruity breath” odor
* Peridontal (gum) disease, caused by bacteria that forms on the teeth (plaque)
* Improperly fitting or poorly cleaned dentures
* A foreign body in the nose, such as a piece of old tissue (more common in children)
* Dry mouth or xerostomia (may be caused by certain medications or medical conditions that decrease the production of saliva, as well as continuous mouth breathing, especially during sleep)
* Tobacco products

How to Get Rid of Bad Breaths

You can do so many small things to stop bad breaths coming out of your mouth. Solutions include eat mints, gargle mouthwash or chew gums with strong smell. But eventually they do wear off and the bad breath comes back to haunt you. Bad breath is also known as halitosis, unpleasant odor exhaled or emanating from a person’s mouth

It’s not your fault. Garlic is digested has that volatile oils which are carried into the bloodstream and circulated to the lungs, where its odor is exhaled for up to 72 hours. To get rid of that you can rely on chewing on a sprig of fresh parsley. You can also mix together parsley herb with the garlic after it has been cooked.

The best was to treat bad breath is to visit your family dentist or primary care physician.

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