Bad breath happens. We have all had that not-so-fresh feeling on a date or at school. At least 50%, that’s HALF, of people have bad breath, or halitosis. Time to fix this problem once and for all!

What causes bad breath?

There are a number of reasons you have bad breath. While many are harmless some can be a sign of something more serious.

Let’s take a look:

  • Bacteria: when you eat, bacteria feed on the food left in your mouth and leave a foul-smelling waste product behind.
  • Dry mouth: you might not be making enough saliva. It’s important because it works to constantly wash your mouth so if you don’t have enough your mouth isn’t being cleaned as much as it should.
  • Gum disease: a bad breath or bad taste can be a warning sign of this, which is caused by a sticky, cavity-causing bacteria called plaque.
  • Food: food like garlic and onions can affect the air you breathe out.

How can I keep from having dragon breath? 

  • Brush & Floss: brushing twice a day and cleaning in between your teeth with floss will help to get rid of all the bacteria that’s causing bad breath.
  • Don’t forget your tongue: if you stick out your tongue and look way back you will see a white/brown coating. That’s the stinky stuff! Use a toothbrush or a tongue scraper to clear it out.
  • Mouthwash: this can help kill the bacteria or neutralize and mask bad breath. It is only a temporary solution, however.
  • Visit your dentist regularly: this allows your dentist to detect any problems that could be causing bad breath before it becomes serious!

Dr. Jennifer Hole