Causes of Bad Breath
Bad breath, medically referred to as halitosis, is usually caused by food being left in the mouth. These particles stick to the tongue, and collect around the teeth, on the gums and on any dentures. This provides a breeding ground for bacteria, and resulting bad odors. The gums could become infected, and be a source of further odor. Sometimes odors are caused by specific foods, such as garlic or onions. Cigarettes and other tobacco products, coffee and even some medications are another source of bad breath.
How to Correct Bad Breath
If you wear dentures, remove and thoroughly clean them at night so they are ready to wear again in the morning. Regular dental visits, at least twice a year, for teeth cleaning and a general check will correct any problems that might be causing bad breath. If this is your problem, do your best to stop smoking or using other tobacco products. Drinking more water will help wash away food particles and bacteria. Chewing sugarless gum does the same thing. It is probably a good idea to keep notes of the foods you eat, and removing from your diet the foods that may be problematic.
Another useful approach is to begin using a mouthwash. There are three types of mouthwash. The first is essentially a cosmetic mouthwash, designed to combat bad breath. It will freshen your mouth, and make it feel clean. Consider upgrading to an antiseptic mouthwash that will not only deal with bad breath but will also reduce plaque and reduce tooth decay. For those who are prone to tooth decay, a fluoride mouthwash is also available.
With regular daily attention to oral hygiene, you will quickly be able to confidently interact with others without fear of any embarrassing bad breath.