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Bad breath or halitosis, as it is medically referred to, iscaused by an oral bacteria in the majority of cases. There are the certainconditions which encourage these bacteria to develop, while sometimes thishappens as a result of insufficient hygiene in the areas where these bacteriaare likely to develop, whether it is due to improper oral care or because theinability to perform it.

Bad breath caused by foods

When thinking about foods that can cause bad breath, thefirst ones that come to mind are probably garlic and onions. The reason thishappens is that these foods are segmented into molecules thanks to thedigestive system and after that, they travel to the parts of the body they aresupposed to nurture while sometimes getting into the lungs as well. When thesefoods have an unpleasant smell, like garlic and onions do, the smell of themolecules which have managed to get into the lungs will affect the person’sbreath when they exhale. However, although it may be quite unpleasant, this isnot the problematic kind of bad breath as it is only temporary and doesn’t lastfor more than a day and the person can always prevent it by avoiding foodswhich tend to provoke it.

Bad breath caused by smoking

Bad breath caused by smoking is another non-threatening kindof bad breath as it does not signify the presence of any other condition thatrequires treatment. This kind of bad breath, or the so-called smoker’s breath,originates from tar, nicotine and other repulsive substances that cigarettescontain. The only truly and permanently effective way to get rid of it is toquit smoking which would not only regulate bad breath, but keep the person muchhealthier in general. If this, however, is not an option for someone, badbreath can bi considerably reduced by making sure to have flawless oralhygiene.

Bad breath caused by dry mouth

Dry mouth usually follows waking up, because the saliva ishas a reduced flow while the person is sleeping. It can also occur when talkingfor a great period of time or when breathing through the mouth. Why bad breathoccurs in these situations is because the moisture that saliva provides in themouth is used to cleanse the areas which are prone to developing oral bacteriathat lead to bad breath. A somewhat advanced stage of bad breath caused by drymouth is the chronic stage which is called Xerostomia. Xerostomia can be a sideeffect of certain medications or it can simply occur as a result of someone’sage, as the production of saliva usually becomes less effective with age.

Finally, bad breath can also be a symptom of an underlyingmedical or dental condition and in the situations where all the above-mentionedreasons for bad breath are ruled out, one should consult a doctor in order todiagnose the real issue.

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