Why do we get bad breath ?

There are several reasons why people may experience bad breath, also known as halitosis. Some common causes include:

  1. Poor oral hygiene: If you don’t brush and floss your teeth regularly, food particles can accumulate in your mouth, leading to bad breath. Bacteria in your mouth can also cause bad odors if they are not removed regularly through brushing and flossing.
  2. Certain foods and drinks: Some foods and drinks, such as onions, garlic, coffee, and alcohol, can cause bad breath.
  3. Dry mouth: Saliva helps to clean your mouth and remove food particles and bacteria that can cause bad breath. If you have dry mouth, which is a condition that can be caused by medications, dehydration, or certain medical conditions, you may be more prone to bad breath.
  4. Gum disease: Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, can cause bad breath. This is because the bacteria that cause gum disease can produce foul-smelling gases.
  5. Medical conditions: Certain medical conditions, such as sinus infections, respiratory infections, and digestive problems, can cause bad breath.

If you are concerned about bad breath, it is important to practice good oral hygiene, stay hydrated, and visit your dentist regularly. If your bad breath persists despite these measures, you should speak to your healthcare provider to determine if an underlying medical condition may be causing the problem.

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