Why Do I Have Bad Breath?

Picture this: You're having a conversation with a friend when they tell you that your breath smells. You feel embarrassed and look for a solution, like minty chewing gum. While mints, chewing gum, and mouthwashes can make your breath feel fresh, they are only a temporary solution. 

If you have bad breath, you need to identify the cause and work from there. So, here are some of the reasons why you may have smelly breath. 

Certain Foods

When you eat, the breakdown of food particles can increase the number of bacteria in your mouth that create a bad smell. But, certain foods can linger for longer as they enter the bloodstream after consumption. We're talking here about foods like dairy products, onion, or garlic. 

Poor Oral Hygiene 

One of the most common causes of bad breath has to do with improper oral hygiene. When you skip brushing or flossing, food particles get stuck between your teeth, attracting foul-smelling bacteria. 

That's not the only problem poor oral hygiene can create. If plaque and tartar accumulate, then they can irritate your gums and eventually lead to gingivitis. 

While brushing and flossing your teeth are essential, it's also important to schedule regular appointments with your dentist for routine check-ups and professional cleanings

Dry Mouth 

Saliva does not only help you chew food, but also clean your mouth, removing foul-smelling bacteria. If you have a dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, then your glands may not be able to produce enough saliva to keep your mouth moist and cleansed. Certain medications can lead to dry mouth, so talk to your doctors if you think that's the case and look for alternatives. 


It shouldn't come as a surprise that smoking leads to bad breath. And, it's not only because of tobacco. Smokers are also more likely to have gum disease, one of the culprits of bad breath. 

Nose or Throat Infections 

Your mouth isn't always the cause of your bad breath. If you have good oral hygiene, don't smoke, and don't have any cavities, then you may want to check for a nose or throat infection. Sinusitis or bacteria that cause inflammation of the nose can lead to post-nasal drip, a condition that is known to create bad breath. 

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