Have you ever walked up to someone and as soon as he or she starts talking, wished you could hand him/her a breath mint or piece of gum without seeming rude?
Regardless of whether it is a social, professional, or personal relationship, oral health is crucial in building positive connections.
As foods are digested and absorbed into the bloodstream, they are eventually carried to your lungs and given off in your breath, according to WebMD.
Certain foods may increase bad breath. Garlic and onions are known culprits in the bad breath battle, but according to Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center, any food that becomes “absorbed into the bloodstream, become transferred into the lungs, and are expelled in the air you breathe. Until that food becomes eliminated by the body, it has the potential to affect a person's breath.”
Even if these foods are avoided, bad breath may still be present. Other oral health issues such as gingivitis or periodontal disease may cause halitosis.
Periodontal disease’s main symptoms are a “foul, odorous breath, and an unpleasant taste in the mouth. This condition requires immediate care by an oral health professional,” according to the Ohio State University medical website.
Xerostomia, more commonly known as dry mouth, may cause bad breath, too. This condition may occur if the salivary glands are not producing enough saliva. Bacteria are then able to cultivate in the mouth and produce a smelly odor.
Some people experience bad breath as a result of a health condition or a medication they are taking. It can be a result of a respiratory infection, diabetes, or kidney or liver issues.
If the above-mentioned reasons are not the cause of the foul breath, tobacco might be the reason. Tobacco can cause mouth irritation, gum disease, oral cancer, not to mention stained teeth and a loss in our mouth's ability to sense taste.
A dentist or another oral health specialist can suggest and prescribe several treatments, such as a particular mouthwashes, dental cleanings, or he/she may simply suggest brushing the tongue as part of the brushing routine.