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5 Things You Didn't Know Give You Bad Breath

SheKnows logo SheKnows 12/10/2017 Deena Campbell
5 Things You Didn't Know Give You Bad Breath: Surprising things giving you bad breath & how to fix them © StyleCaster Surprising things giving you bad breath & how to fix them

We know that moment all too well — you’re having a great conversation with your friends and you happen to catch a whiff of your breath. It’s hot. It’s stinky. It’s gross. You don’t want your friends to find out, so you pop in a mint and hope for the best.

Having a case of bad breath is never fun. Luckily, in most cases, we know the triggers. For instance, eating garlic and not brushing your teeth are obvious reasons — but there are a few bad-breath culprits that aren’t so well known.

Check out these surprising reasons for your stinky breath, and find out how to solve them.

You have tonsil stones

The National Center for Biotechnology Information reported that 75 percent of patients with high amounts of sulfur (which is a leading cause of bad breath) in their mouth had tonsil stones.

If you’re not familiar, tonsil stones are a mixture of bacteria and debris that settle in the back of the throat and collect in small pockets on the tonsils. The cure? Use baking soda. “Gargle with baking soda to help remove bacteria,” says NYC-based cosmetic dentist Dr. Marc Lowenberg. “The alkaline works by eliminating the acidity in your mouth.”

Breath fresheners

According to the American Chemical Society, the sugar in mints can make the bacteria in our mouth grow. Mints and breath fresheners are great for temporarily masking bad breath, but not for the long run. If you must use mints, opt for the sugar-free type. And as Lowenberg suggests, use a tongue scraper to get hard food particles that can cause bad breath.

Fresh air

According to Reader’s Digest, while a breath of fresh air is certainly good for you, too much cold air in the winter dries out your mouth and can wreak havoc. The result can be bad breath related to allergies, nasal drainage or chronic dry mouth.

You have tonsillitis

If you have a sore-throat disease, you might have an ongoing case of bad breath. According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology, tonsillectomy, a surgery that removes the two glands in the back of your throat, can help treat the sickness and bad breath.

You’re overweight

According to researchers from Tel Aviv University, the more overweight a person is, the more likely they are to have bad breath. The team discovered that obesity may be a risk factor for halitosis and may be because of sleep apnea, heavy breathing or eating lots of unhealthy foods.

So, what should you do if you have bad breath or know someone who suffers from halitosis? “You should tell people in your family if they have bad breath,” says professor Mel Rosenberg of the department of human microbiology and The Maurice and Gabriela Goldschleger School of Dental Medicine, Sackler Faculty of Medicine at Tel Aviv University. “It is curable in almost all instances, and it can be a sign of disease. As for work colleagues, they might be happy for the advice, but they might not.”

Slideshow: Why You Shouldn't Skip Brushing Your Teeth (Even If You're Feeling Lazy) (Courtesy: Refinery29) 

Daily brushing gets harmful bacteria out of your mouth.: When you brush your teeth, you're removing bacteria that colonizes in your mouth after you eat, says Jonathan Levine, DMD. Plus, you're also brushing away any leftover pieces of food that can cause gum irritation. "The longer you allow bacteria to colonize and collect, the more you nurture the progression of disease," Dr. Levine says. "Brushing well and often will keep the bacterial balance in the mouth healthy and not swing to the bad bacteria that causes decay and gum disease."The human mouth is home to billions of bacteria — some good, some bad, and some benign — so removing excess harmful bacteria via daily brushing is a good idea if you want to avoid tooth decay and oral diseases like periodontitis. Why You Shouldn't Skip Brushing Your Teeth (Even If You're Feeling Lazy)

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