Did you ever watch those toothpaste or toothbrush commercials where the guy leans forward to kiss his girl and the girl makes a face as if she is going to gag?
I have been a clean teeth fanatic all my life. I cannot stand beside someone who has bad breath, even if it is my closest friend. Sometimes we have to duck our faces or just hang them low in order to avoid the bad breath coming from the person who is standing in front of us, just so we don't hurt their feelings by making a face. I have had so many incidents where I couldn't stand the foul smell coming out of a teacher or a friend or a cousin. On these occasions I felt like I should have the courage to let them know that they have bad breath. If I said that bad breath can take away our favorite people from us would you believe that? Yes, I am right, I have seen people moving away from their loved ones-- boyfriends, girlfriends, daughters, mothers, husbands etc. As the years went by I became distant from my own mother because I wanted to avoid the smell coming from her mouth. My husband smoked all his life and no matter what he does to keep his breath fresh I could never have a good mouth to mouth kiss.
There are several reasons for people to develop bad breath such as dry mouth, dentures, foods, brushing habits, age, disease, illnesses, braces, common colds, fever, and smoking, among others. For example:
1. When we sleep in the night or take afternoon naps our body tends to produce less saliva in order to aid in our breathing process. This causes the mouth to dry and could cause the mouth to smell. Dry mouth or xerostomia is also common in people who speak for long periods of time.
2. A foul smell could be caused in people who wear dentures. Food particles could be trapped in between the gum lines. Bacteria develops because of this trapped food and not only causes a foul smell but also gingivitis.
3. Eating different foods could cause bad breath, including things like onions, garlic, ginger, tea with milk, coffee, etc.