Bad Breath known as, halitosis, in the medical world is commonly caused by certain foods and bacteria living in the saliva and mouth.
What Causes Ones Mouth to Stink?Poor oral hygiene
Chronic sinus infection
Certain medications - those that cause dry mouth as a side effect
Some foods like garlic, onions, fish, high protein diet etc.
Constipation and stomach disorders
Certain lung diseases
Certain metabolic or hormonal disorders
Infections in the respiratory systems
Vitamin C deficiency
Bad dental hygiene and Periodontal Disease - Poor oral hygiene leads to a smelly mouth. Food particles left in your mouth begin to rot and collect bacteria, which causes a rotten odor. When teeth are not brushed, flossed and clean regularly, a sticky, colorless film called, plaque builds up on your teeth. Plaque is bacteria‘s favorite vacation location and will help make your breath very stinky.
Smoking and tobacco use Nicotine in cigarettes destroys vitamin C. Vitamin C deficiency can cause bad breath.
Foods and drinks such as garlic, onions, dairy products, fish, coffee, and alcohol are known to cause halitosis.
Eliminating or cutting down on certain foods will help will decrease bad breath dramatically. Each type of “smelly-breath food” has a scientific reason for causing a bad smell.
Why Certain Foods and Drink Cause Your Mouth To Smell
Onions and Garlic Onions and garlic contain powerful sulfur compounds which produce the same odor found in rotten eggs. When you eat onions and garlic, the sulfur compounds can help make your mouth smell like a sewer. Before an important meeting or a date it’s best to avoid them completely!
Milk and Cheese Milk and cheese are rich in proteins and therefore a breeding-ground for bacteria in your mouth. The same bacteria that makes rotten milk smell so bad is also present in your mouth after you eat dairy products.
Fish The high protein content in fish feeds bacteria in your mouth. Fish proteins are converted into sulfur compounds by the bacteria in your mouth which makes your mouth smelly.
Coffee Coffee contains acids. Drinking coffee turns your mouth into an acidic environment. Acidic environment is the perfect playground for bacteria and will accelerate the reproduction of bacteria.
Alcohol Alcohol causes your mouth to be dry. A dry oral environment helps to increase sulfur compounds production. The drier your mouth is, the less oxygen there is. Anaroebic bacteria thrive in such an environment. More about breastfeeding, bad breath and alcohol.
How To Get Rid Of Bad BreathThe easiest most natural cure for bad breath is good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth after every meal and before you go to bed and floss between your teeth at least once a day. Gently brush your tongue and sure to get the area right at the back of the tongue as much as possible.
Swish and gargle with a peppermint and fennel flavored alcohol free anti-cavity fluoride mouth wash - remember that alcohol causes dry-mouth which is a leading cause of bad breath to begin with!
Make sure that your toothbrush is kept clean and sterilized
Make sure you drink at least 8 glasses of water a day to avoid dry mouth. Watering your mouth frequently will keep the bacterial flora of the mouth under control. Keep water in your mouth for as long as possible (minimum of twenty seconds). Swish it around to loosen food particles and other bits of debris that bacteria feed upon.
Do not skip meals. Regular chewing and swallowing helps with saliva production and can help to prevent dry mouth
Saliva is the mouth’s natural mouthwash. Chew sugarless gum or suck on sugarless candies to increase saliva flow. Saliva contains antibiotic elements which reduce the amount of bacteria in the mouth.
Get proper treatment for thrush or yeast infection
Get proper treatment for chronic sinus infections to help to prevent bad breath
Home RemediesMake sure you to have your teeth cleaned and examined every 6 months by a dentist.
Brush with baking soda which immediately eats-up odor.
Take Apple Cider Vinegar in a glass of water or apple cider vinegar tablets.
Herbal Home Remedies include chewing Anise, Cardamom which masks odors. You can also use an anise based toothpaste
Mix the contents of a fennel seed capsule with baking soda, make into a paste, and brush your teeth, gums and tongue with it. The fluid extract of fennel can be rubbed on your gums and tongue.
Chew on sprigs of fresh mint or whole cloves.
Snack on carrots, celery, or other vegetables to keep plaque from forming.
Chew on sunflower seeds.
There are oral care products, medications, and treatments for halitosis that contain only natural ingredients for getting rid of the bacteria without harming you.