Take a hundred people with bad breath and you will find a variety of things causing the bad breath in different cases. It can be a matter of what they are eating, how they take care of their teeth, or stomach problems. Some of the most common culprits include:
- Bacteria growing between the papilla on the tongue.
- Gum disease
- Healing from tooth extraction.
- Dentures that are not appropriately cleaned.
- Drinking alcohol.
- Chewing tobacco.
Anyone suffering with bad breath should come in for a dental check-up. This can eliminate the inside of the mouth as the cause of the problem or identify problems inside the mouth that are the problem. If the problem does come from within the mouth, your dentist will come up with a treatment plan to fix the issues and freshen up your breath.
If you find that gum, mints and mouthwash are not very effective on your bad breath, chances are the problem comes from within the mouth. You may be able to mask the smell for short periods of time, but you cannot get rid of it with gum or wash. Mouthwash can even make the smell worse since the alcohol dries out the mouth.
If the cause of bad breath is not within the mouth, it may be one of these other common culprits:
- Sore throat
- Air passage infection
- The foods you choose to eat.
Those who have a routine oral hygiene routine and who go in for dental check-ups regularly are less likely to deal with bad breath.