Why Do I Have Bad Breath?

If you suffer from bad breath, you know that it can be annoying and embarrassing. An while you may try using breath mints to fix it, that may not do the trick. So, then you need to ask yourself, “Why do I have bad breath?” 

In reality, while bad breath may stem from what you’ve eaten, there may be some other underlying causes. Here are some common causes of bad breath.

You are dehydrated.

If you don’t drink enough water throughout the day, you may not produce enough saliva. In turn, this can lead to dry mouth.

Your saliva serves several purposes, but one of them is to help you fight bacteria in your mouth that may cause bad breath. Additionally, your saliva helps to rid your mouth of food particles, which can also produce bacteria and cause bad breath.

You are using breath mints or gum that contain sugar.

When you chew gum or a mint that contains sugar, you may be compounding the problem. Sugars in your mouth can help feed the bacteria, which then contributes to bad breath. Sugarless gum or mints are a better option. And, if you chew gum or mints that contain xylitol, you may actually help your oral health.

You don’t floss.

It is recommended that you floss once per day, but many adults admit that this does not happen.

If you don’t floss daily, you may be leaving food particles trapped between your teeth or below the gum line. Bacteria in y our mouth feeds on these particles and causes bad breath.

You don’t brush your tongue.

Of course, you brush your teeth, but do you brush your tongue? Your tongue can contain bacteria, too, and so as you brush your teeth, you should brush your tongue. This will help remove odor-causing bacteria.

You suffer from gum disease.

Nearly 50% of American adults suffer from gum disease, and bad breath is one of the most common symptoms. 

When detected early, you can fight gum disease and help to fight bad breath. Perfect Smile Oral Care products are proven to help fight gum disease, and their fresh, minty flavor will leave you with great breath.