Why Does My Breath Stink?

No one wants it, but some 80 million people have it: chronic halitosis, commonly known as bad breath. You can chew gum and mints all day, but sometimes it just won’t go away. Knowing the reasons behind your smelly aircan help you stop it beforehand.

1.       Food

Everyone knows that certain foods, like onions and garlic, leave your mouth tasting bad. But any type can leave particles trapped in your teeth and on your tongue, and when they break down they release unpleasant gases. When you don’t brush regularly they linger even longer, creating a bacteria paradise.

2.       Dry Mouth

After you eat, your saliva works to break down particles and clean your choppers and gums. When you get dry, bad odors don’t go anywhere. That’s why you may have particularly bad breath in the morning, especially if you sleep with your jaw ajar. Chronic dry mouth can be the result of dehydration or a side effect from some prescriptions.

3.       Tobacco

Tobacco use in general often leads to gum disease, another reason behind bad breath. Smoking, itself, leaves an unpleasant odor as well.

4.       Fasting/Dieting

When you are crash dieting or skipping meals, body fat can break down, creating ketones. Those chemicals create a sickly sweet smell in your breath.

Everyone has bad breath once in a while. If you feel like you have it more often than not, you may be able to prevent it by changing your eating or hygiene habits. See this website for more information on dental exams in Cary.