You are well-dressed and well-behaved. You are social and good at creating conversation. But people are put off as soon as you open your mouth. Could it be your bad breath? That is the last thing you would want to hear. But not knowing it is worse. Bad breath after you get up in the morning is a common phenomenon. But if it bothers you all day long, there is the reason to worry. Bad breath, also known as halitosis, can be humiliating to you and unpleasant to people around you. The good news is, you don’t have to live with it for life! Just take care of these ten big causes for bad breath and you are done.

Maintain good oral hygiene. Bacteria and decaying food particles are the major sources of bad breath.  Clean your mouth thoroughly every day. Brush your teeth twice daily. Your tongue can be a source of bad breath. Clean your tongue with a tongue cleaner. Flossing once or twice a day preferably after dinner helps remove plaque from between your teeth. Using antibacterial mouthwashes or mouth rinses which reduce bacteria can help reduce bacteria-causing plaque and fight bad breath.  If you wear dentures, it is equally important to clean them daily.

Cavities, gum disease, yeast infection of the mouth or dry mouth (xerostomia) can also turn your breath really nasty. Get them treated by your dentist.

Sometimes, the source of your lingering foul breath may be in your medicine cabinet! Certain medicines like blood pressure pills, anti-depressants and antihistamines cause dry mouth. A dry mouth is a mouth which stinks. Consult your doctor about switching medications, if necessary.

Think before you decide to fast or go on a very low-carb diet. They can give you bad-smelling breath! You must be wondering how. Your body breaks down fats for energy, producing bad smelling ketones which are released in your mouth.

What you eat dictates what you exhale. Avoid foods like onions, garlic and coffee which arenotoriously known for causing bad breath. Onions and garlic have the dubious distinction of causing bad body odour too.

Stay hydrated. You know that drinking plenty of water is good for your health. It also is a great way to wash away your bad breath. It speeds up the cleaning of harmful bacteria and food debris from between your teeth.Eat a healthy, balanced diet. Increase your daily intake of fruits and vegetables Not only do theyremove plaque and food particles from between your teeth and gums, they also provide antioxidants which boost your dental and overall health.

Who does not love to chew gum? Not only does it taste great, it also freshens up your breath. Chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after eating or drinking stimulates saliva which washes away food particles.

Stop smoking or using other tobacco products otherwise you will end up smelling like an ashtray. Tobacco products that involve inhaling smoke tend to leave smoke particles that can linger in the throat and lungs for long periods. They also dry the mouth causing bad breath causing bacteria to go on the rampage.

Keep a watch on your alcohol intake. Excessive drinking can cause a stale scent not only from the mouth but also from your skin because your body releases some of the metabolised products of alcohol through your lungs and through sweat. Alcohol also dehydrates you and dries your mouth, in turn causing bad breath.

Bad breath isn’t just about the mouth. It could also be a sign of other health conditions like diabetes, chronic sinus infections, acid reflux, tonsillitis, postnasal drip, respiratory tract infections and liver or kidney problems. If you have diabetes your body may burn fat instead of glucose. This can cause the ketone breath. Tonsil stones are lumps of food, mucus and bacteria that are calcified and appear as white spots on your tonsils. They can produce bad breath too. These medical concerns need to be treated.

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