One in four people are affected by bad breath. Bad breath, also known as halitosis, can be caused and exacerbated by a variety of foods, drinks, and oral hygiene habits. Fortunately, most underlying causes of bad breath can be alleviated with slight lifestyle changes.

The five worst offenders for bad breath are:

  • Coffee and cigarettes: They are known causes of bad breath, and may increase the chance of bacterial build up in your mouth.
  • Dental issues: If it’s been a while since you last visited the dentist, you may be suffering from oral health issues that are leading to bad breath. By regularly visiting the dentist, you can prevent bad breath related to oral hygiene issues.
  • Throat or sinus infections: A common cold or virus that originates in the throat or sinus may be the culprit due to inflammation or infection. Antibiotics may be necessary.
  • Digestive problems: Heartburn from a recent meal may also lead to bad breath due to your stomach acid breaking down the food. If this is a persistent problem, it may be worth talking to a doctor about a more permanent solution.
  • Food particles: Leftover food particles wedged in your teeth or gums can lead to unwanted odor and bacterial build up. Daily brushing and flossing will help minimize and even eliminate this problem.

Developing and maintaining good oral hygiene habits will do wonders to manage and decrease your chances of having bad breath. However, if bad breath persists, visit your dentist for a cleaning and to check for more significant underlying causes.

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Source: https://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/conditions/bad-breath/article/causes-of-bad-breath-the-five-worst-offenders-0214