- Improper dental hygiene – Not brushing and flossing your teeth after meals causes little food particles to be left in the teeth. As they decay throughout the day, they cause bad breath. One easy way to do this is to carry floss picks and a portable toothbrush so that you can clean up after meals and keep your breath smelling fresh.
- Eating certain foods – We can all think of those few foods that do not keep your breath at its peak of freshness. Onions, garlic, cheese, soda, and orange juice are some of the main culprits. If you want to have fresh breath, it is probably not a good idea to indulge in these foods on a regular basis. When you do eat these foods, however, be sure to brush afterward to relieve the odor that can settle and cause bad breath throughout the rest of the day.
- Dry mouth – Saliva naturally cleans your mouth, so when it is dry and not producing a normal amount of saliva, the dead cells can build up, causing morning breath.
- Chronic diseases – Certain underlying health concerns or diseases can cause bad breath as they cause inner organs to not function properly.
- Respiratory, mouth, throat, and nose conditions – Infections involving the respiratory system also affects how good or bad your breath smells.
- Malnutrition – Starvation and/or intense dieting can often result in bad breath because of the chemicals that break down during fasting. When you don’t eat for an extended period of time, your mouth gets dry and your body produces chemicals with stronger odors, giving you not-so-fresh breath.
No matter the cause for your bad breath, you can prevent this problem by being careful what you eat, making frequent trips to the dentist, and sucking on gum or hard candies to produce more saliva, contributing to fresher breath.