These could be reasons your breath smells

These could be reasons your breath smells

Have you ever wondered why you wake up early in the morning to perceive bad breath? Bad breath, also called halitosis, can be embarrassing and in some cases may even cause anxiety.

Not all bad breaths are caused by diseases, some are a product of poor lifestyle choice.

Here are 5 reasons your breath smells:

You just woke

Morning breath is totally normal and here is why it happens: While you’re sleeping, the bacteria in your mouth are not. They take advantage of the fact that your production of saliva slows way down during sleep—and since your saliva helps “clean” your mouth, your breath might have a bad odour until you brush your teeth the next morning.



Poor dental hygiene

If you don’t brush and floss daily, food particles remain in your mouth, causing bad breath. A colourless, sticky film of bacteria (plaque) forms on your teeth.

If not brushed away, plaque can irritate your gums and eventually form plaque-filled pockets between your teeth and gums (periodontitis).

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Your tongue also can trap bacteria that produce odors. Dentures that aren’t cleaned regularly or don’t fit properly can harbor odour causing bacteria and food particles

The type of food you eat

The breakdown of food particles in and around your teeth can increase bacteria and cause a foul odour. Eating certain foods, such as onions, garlic and spices, also can cause bad breath.

After you digest these foods, they enter your bloodstream, are carried to your lungs and affect your breath.



The habit of smoking not only increases the amount of odour producing compounds in a person’s mouth and lungs, but can also dry out your mouth; leading to lower saliva production.



Drinking alcohol

Alcohol lingers on your breath long past last call. In fact, a 2007 study found that drinking alcohol was linked to increased rates of halitosis; and this, despite the fact that their subjects had fasted for 12 hours overnight.

The study also stated that not only does booze dry out a person’s mouth, but that a certain odour is triggered when the body metabolizes alcohol.

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Olanike Akinrimisi

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