Interesting Facts about Bad Breath

You have suffered from bad breath. Everyone has from time to time. Whether you ate a big garlic-y meal or you just have bad breath from a dry mouth, when you have it, you want to get rid of it. While having bad breath is no laughing matter, there are many interesting facts when it comes to bad breath. Here is a look at some interesting facts regarding bad breath.

Chewing gum and mints only mask bad breath: There are tons of products of the market in minty fresh flavors that are designed to get rid of bad breath. You will find peppermints, fresh mint and all kinds of flavors in between. Many people carry them, too. Products like Certs, Lifesavers, Altoids and gums are all on the market to help you combat the bad breath. They do work—for a while. These products work to help your bad breath and not to get rid of it. It will mask the smell for a little while and once it wears off, you have smelly breath again. Gums and mints don’t get rid of the bad breath for good, but it can help when you are in a pinch.

Bad breath is not caused by just the foods you eat: Many people mistakenly believe that when they have bad breath they must have eaten something like onions and garlic. Those do, of course, make your breath stink, but that is not the only reason why you have bad breath. Bad breath happens for many reasons. Sometimes it is because you have a dry mouth and sometimes it could because you have an underlying mediation condition. If you have chronic bad breath, then it may be time to get a medical check up.

You can have bad breath because of poor oral hygiene: This is certainly true and it is the truth in many bad breath cases. Now before you go thinking that you must have terrible hygiene habits, remember that proper oral hygiene means brushing two or three times a day, flossing at least once a day and seeing your dentist every six months. There are many people out there that adhere to this, but the truth is, how many people actually floss once a day? If you have bad breath, check your oral hygiene habits and see where you can make improvements.

Bad breath is also caused by some diets: Interestingly enough, while diets can help you with your bad breath (like cutting out refined sugar, fried and fatty foods and white flour products), some diets go to the extreme and cause bad breath. Ever heard of the Atkins diet? Any diet that strictly reduces your carb intake can cause bad breath. This is because your body enters into ketosis, similar to what a diabetic feels when he or she has low blood sugar. This can cause that odd, fruity breath. In addition, a diet can also dehydrate your body and your mouth and this also contributes to smelly breath.