Bad Breath Could Point to Health Problems

It’s important to be hygienic as staying clean helps us to avoid some diseases. Our dental and oral hygiene are an important part of this. Bad breath could point to health problems, but it can also be a sign of bad hygiene. If you take care of your dental and oral hygiene but still have bad breath, perhaps it’s a good idea to try and find out why.

Staying Clean


Brushing your teeth first thing in the morning when you get up will help to avoid naturally bad breath. It’s better if you brush before breakfast as the toothpaste will help to protect your teeth from the food you’re about to eat. After brushing, don’t rinse your mouth out, don’t wash away the remnants out the toothpaste that’s left as it will help to protect the teeth.


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It might make the first taste of breakfast a bit strange, but it’s worth it for the added protection you get. If you can, use an electric toothbrush as they are much better at cleaning rather than a regular toothbrush.

After breakfast you might want to floss although there is now some question as to whether or not it has any benefits. It will help to get any food residue from between your teeth though. Also use a good mouthwash after breakfast to make sure your mouth is fresh and clean.

Reasons Why You May Have Bad Breath

If you’re not cleaning your teeth properly there could be small pieces of food left in your mouth and they can cause a bacterial build up on the teeth. This will lead to giving off bad smelling gases and bad breath.

Smoking can cause bad breath, otherwise known as smoker’s breath. The smoke leaves particles in the throat and lungs with a smell which can last for hours. After a while that smell becomes stale, making it even worse. Chemicals which are present in cigarettes also leave deposits in the mouth and these cause a smell too.

Other causes of bad breath can include having a dry mouth because saliva is necessary to neutralize acids which cause plaque and also dead cells which accumulate on the tongue, gums and cheeks can’t be washed away. Certain foods, such as onions, garlic or spicy food can lead to bad breath as can mouth and throat infections. Some medications can also be responsible.

Bad Breath Could Point to Health Problems Which Are Serious

Although the most common reason for bad breath is poor oral hygiene, there are some serious illnesses which can also cause it. The body has a clever way of giving indications that something may be wrong.

Bad breath could point to health problems such as some cancers, in fact breath test technology is being developed to help with diagnosis. Diabetes, particularly if it’s being poorly managed, might lead to bad breath. This can be due to blood sugar levels not being stable and that the body is weaker, so isn’t able to fight of bacteria which causes gum disease.

Kidney failure or end stage renal disease causes damage so the kidneys can’t get rid of toxic chemicals in the body and can’t filter waste. This can lead to a fishy smelling breath.

Gastroesophageal Refluxes or GERD can disrupt food from digesting properly. When it gets delayed, it can start to rot which causes bad breath and in some cases undigested food can be regurgitated.

Respiratory infections such as flu, sinusitis and bronchitis can be responsible for bad breath as they can cause production of bacteria feeding cells and mucus. Nasal congestion from an allergy or a cold can make you have to breathe through the mouth. This leads to dryness in the mouth and bacteria growth.

Know When to Get Bad Breath Checked

There are many causes of bad breath and if you suffer from it the first thing to do is to make sure you’re being as hygienic as possible. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, use a mouthwash, scrape your tongue. Make sure you have healthy gums, drink lots of water because it helps to flush out the system and keeps the mouth moist. Cutting out alcohol, coffee and spicy foods might be helpful and if you smoke – stop!

If your bad breath doesn’t go away after you’ve tried everything mentioned here, check with your dentist as there may be something, such as an infection that you’re not aware of. Once you’ve exhausted these routes, a trip to the doctor is advisable so you can make sure the cause isn’t something more serious. Bad breath could point to health problems but hopefully regular brushing, flossing and mouth washing will make the problem go away.