There are many reasons why people develop bad breath.

The most common cause is, without doubt, is ineffective oral hygiene. This results in the food particles that remain in the teeth decaying within a very short time and causing the production of foul smelling gases. This can happen within one hour of brushing the teeth.

This is why brushing the teeth after every meal is so important.

Insufficient saliva can also be a of bad breath cause —that is why our breath can be a bit off when we wake up of a morning. Most people simply don’t continually drink small amounts of water during their waking hours, which results in their becoming dehydrated to some extent. To that extent their mouth dries and the possibility bad breath comes into play.

It is a common assumption among people that freedom from toothache means their teeth must be free of caries. Unfortunately this isn’t so—cavities don’t always carry an attendant ache or pain. Rotting teeth will pretty well always produce bad breath.

Yet another cause of bad breath is gingivitis— an irritation of the gums that is mostly caused by the dental plaque that accumulates in the small gaps between the gums and the teeth.

The smell of some foods such as garlic and onions, and drinks such as alcohol, once in the stomach, can be transmitted via the stomach wall into the bloodstream and then to the lungs where they can produce an offensive breath.

Less commonly, there are many diseases and ailments which can cause bad breath. Examples are cancer, diabetes, sinusitis and bronchitis.

Further information on the treatment of Halitosis can be found here.

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