What you need to know about bad breath!
Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is a common problem and can be socially embarrassing!
Most of us have experienced this or been in close proximity to someone who as bad breath!
What are the causes of bad breath?
Bad breath can come not only from the mouth but also the gut. If your digestive system is not healthy this will certainly make an impact on your breath! Remember the mouth is the first part of the long tube known as your gut.
Here are 5 reasons your mouth might be the cause of bad breath:
Poor oral hygiene- quite simply not cleaning your mouth properly. Brushing, flossing and tongue cleaning are essential for removing bacteria from the mouth.
Periodontal (gum) disease -certain bacteria that are the cause of gum disease live on the surface of the gums, tongue and throat and release sulphur which causes bad breath.
Dry mouth - could be due to mouth breathing, stress, certain medications or lack of fluid intake.
Post nasal drip and respiratory issues.
Certain foods - strong flavours like garlic and onion.
Why might the health of your gut might be related to bad breath?
Your digestion plays a significant role in the state of your breath. In the morning you may notice a white coating on your tongue. This is toxic matter released by your digestive tract overnight. If your digestive system isn’t healthy there will be a build-up of food matter. This is a perfect breeding ground for bacteria and a build -up of toxins can occur. So, issues in the gut may well play a significant role or even be the cause of bad breath! For a healthy gut make sure to drink plenty of water, eat lots of fresh vegetables and fruit and a nutrient dense diet.
If your breath or that of a loved one is cause for concern, an assessment and professional mouth clean by a dentist is a great first step on your journey to better breath!