Bad breath, or halitosis, can be a major problem for some people. The good news is that bad breath can often be prevented with just a few simple steps.
Odor producing bacteria that grow in the mouth are the main cause of bad breath. If you don’t brush and floss regularly bacteria can accumulate on the food left in your mouth, and especially between your teeth. The sulfur compounds released by bacteria make your breath smell bad.
Of course certain foods, like garlic and onion, containing pungent oils, can contribute to bad breath as well. The oils are carried to your lungs and then later come out through your mouth.
The good news is that in most cases, bad breath can easily be taken care of with regular brushing and flossing. Keeping your mouth clean is your best defense against bad breath.
If you brush and floss regularly and visit your dentist for regular cleanings, and yet have continued bad breath, please consult with your doctor or dentist to see if there is something else behind your bad breath issues.