Bad breath (also known as coated tongue, halitosis, or bad oral hygiene) is caused by odor-producing bacteria that grow in the mouth.
What causes bad breath?
When you don't follow a good oral hygiene routine--brushing and flossing regularly--bacteria accumulate on the bits of food left in your mouth and between your teeth. The sulfur compounds released by these bacteria make your breath smell. Other reasons for bad breath might be excessive bacterial activity on the tongue, possibly due to post-nasal drip, throat, or tonsil infection. Additionally, certain foods like garlic and onions can contribute to bad breath because the pungent oils are carried to your lungs and out through your mouth. Other causes might include:
• diets high in refined carbohydrates • constipation • gum disease • tooth decay • dental abscess
How can I avoid bad breath?
Make sure you are brushing and flossing your teeth several times daily. Don't forget to brush your tongue along with your teeth! A lot of bacteria that cause bad breath live on the tongue.
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