Causes of bad breath and bad breath treatment
By Steph Davies
Bad breath, medically known as halitosis, is a common condition, typically caused by the presence of foul-smelling bacteria in the mouth.
What causes bacteria in the mouth?
The presence of bacteria in the mouth is normal and part of the body's natural ecosystem. It’s nothing to be afraid of. In fact, the oral cavity is home to hundreds of different types of bacteria, some of which are beneficial, however others can cause oral health problems if you're not careful.
There are a number of ways that bacteria can end up in our mouths. The most obvious being food and drinks. When we eat or drink, bacteria from the surrounding environment can be carried into our mouths. Some foods, especially when not properly cleaned or cooked, may contain bacteria that can enter our mouth during consumption.
Airborne transmission is another way bacteria can get in there. Bacteria can be present in the air, and we can inhale or swallow them - yuck. Coughing, sneezing, and even talking can release bacteria into the air, which can then be inhaled or settle on surfaces we come into contact with before entering our mouths.
Contaminated objects from sharing, e.g. utensils, cups, toothbrushes, or lip products with someone who has oral bacteria can also lead to the transfer of bacteria from one person to another. Kissing and close contact with other people as nice as it is, also allows bacteria to be exchanged.
Poor oral hygiene including inadequate brushing, flossing, and neglecting regular dental care routines allow bacteria to accumulate in the mouth. Plaque forms on teeth, gums, and tongue if not properly removed, leading to oral health issues.
Importance of Oral Hygiene
Oral hygiene is important for several reasons:
Preventing tooth decay: Regular brushing and flossing help remove plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that forms on teeth. If not properly removed, plaque can lead to tooth decay and cavities.
Preventing gum disease: Poor oral hygiene can cause gum inflammation and infections, leading to gum disease such as gingivitis and periodontitis. These conditions can result in pain, bleeding gums, and even tooth loss. Ouch.
Freshening breath: Good oral hygiene helps eliminate the bacteria that cause bad breath, helping to keep your breath fresh.
Maintaining overall health: Studies have shown a link between oral health and several systemic conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory infections. Proper oral hygiene can reduce the risk of developing these conditions or their worsening.
Enhancing appearance and confidence: Good oral hygiene contributes to a bright smile, healthy-looking teeth, and fresh breath. This can improve your self-esteem and confidence in social interactions. Win.
What causes bad breath?
The worst outcome of mouth bacteria is bad breath, also known as halitosis. It can be a conversation stopper. The most common reason is a build-up of bacteria in the mouth but certain foods, such as garlic or onions, can also cause temporary bad breath. Other factors that contribute to bad breath include dry mouth, certain medical conditions, smoking, and certain medications.
Bad breath treatment
There are various ways to try and mitigate bad breath, including brushing teeth, flossing, cleaning your tongue, using mouthwash and staying hydrated. Chewing gum can provide temporary relief, but a better option would be the byebyebad Prebiotic Mouth Refresher.
This nifty product is packed with antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory goodness like Bioactive Totarol™, sweet fennel oil and peppermint oil, designed to kick nasty bacteria in the butt and leave you with a fresh, clean, soothed mouth hole.
It is a prebiotic which means the ingredients in the product act as a food source for the good bacteria, allowing them to thrive and remain strong to keep you healthy. On top of that because Bioactive Totarol™ is an active ingredient, it allows this product to be alcohol-free - bonus for those wanting to avoid the stuff.
Packed into a perfectly cute 75ml on the go size, it fits neatly into a handbag, toiletry bag, desk drawer or can stay put in your glove box for those moments when you need a refreshing, minty spritz that you know is actually doing something to curb that bacteria build up!
Maintaining good oral hygiene practices is essential for a healthy mouth, as well as for general well-being. So keep brushing and flossing, but maybe grab yourself a byebyebad Prebiotic Mouth Refresher while you’re at it, so you don’t get caught out.