Bad breath: experts name six possible causes

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Bad breath: experts name six possible causes
Bad breath is a bad smell

One of the most common causes of bad breath is poor oral hygiene. Irregular brushing, not flossing, and poor gum care can lead to the growth of odor-causing bacteria, tooth decay, and gum disease.

This phenomenon is known medically as halitosis. Halitosis can be not only a consequence of poor oral hygiene but also a symptom of serious diseases. Therefore, if you have an unpleasant odor for a long time, you should consult a doctor and find out the cause of this problem, writes Mayo Clinic.

What factors influence the appearance of bad breath:

  • Eating certain foods such as onions, garlic, and spices.
  • Smoking.
  • Infections of the mouth, nose, and throat.
  • Cancer of the oral cavity.
  • Diabetes.
  • Liver or kidney problems.
  • Dry mouth (xerostomia).

To prevent halitosis, it is recommended to brush your teeth regularly (twice a day). Floss daily. Use a high-quality mouthwash. Maintain a healthy lifestyle and avoid bad habits.

If bad breath persists, it is recommended to consult a doctor to identify possible diseases or problems that may cause it.

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