Causes and cures for bad breath
Article written by Elite Dental Group.
Everyone has suffered from bad breath at some point in their lives. Not only is bad breath embarrassing it can leave a person feeling uncomfortable in social and intimate situations. If you struggle with bad breath, the following causes and cures might help resolve the problem.
Poor dental hygiene – One of the most common reasons for bad breath is poor dental habits. If a person avoids brushing and flossing their teeth twice daily, chances are that they will damage their teeth and gums, resulting in bad breath. Dentists suggest brushing for at least 2 mins, twice daily with a soft-bristle toothbrush and flossing before bed.
Cavities and infections – Cavities and infections trap bacteria that can emit a bad odor. Dentists advise at least one dental visit a year to assess teeth and treat any form of decay.
Low-carb, high protein diets – Low carb, high protein diets cause the body to burn fat which turns into acetone while the excess protein is emitted as amino acids. Both these chemical changes result in foul-smelling breath. Instead, aim to consume a well-balanced diet that includes lean meats, vegetables, and fruits, which can regulate bad breath.
Dehydration and dry mouth – Dry mouth and dehydration slows the production of saliva. A reduction in saliva will cause food particles and bacteria to remain in your mouth, resulting in bad breath. If certain medications cause dry mouth, it is best to speak to a doctor and request a replacement brand. On the other hand, to reduce dehydration, aim to consume at least 8 glasses of water a day and more in warmer months or if you are physically active.
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