What are the causes of bad breath and how to stop it ?

The causes of bad breath and  the recommended solutions are the following:

  1. Poor oral hygiene. SOLUTION: Brush your teeth twice daily, floss and rinse your mouth with an alcohol-free mouthwash.
  2. Foods with strong odors (onions,garlic,etc). SOLUTION: Avoid food with strong odors  or after eating them, drink milk or chew parsley.
  3. Dry mouth.SOLUTION: Drink plenty of water, avoid oral rinses with alcohol and chew sugar free gums.
  4. Gastroesophageal reflux.SOLUTION: Evaluation and treatment by a gastroenterologist.
  5. Low intake of carbonhydrates.SOLUTION: Improvement of daily nutrition.
  6. High consumption of alcohol.SOLUTION: Avoid drinking alcohol with an empty stomach and reduce alcohol intake.
  7. Smoking.SOLUTION: Regular brushing and flossing of teeth, brushing of the tongue and chewing suger-free gum.
  8. Diseases. Individuals who suffer from diabetes, lung disease, kidney disease, liver disease, cancer, respiratory infections or metabolic disorders often experience bad breath due to dry mouth.SOLUTION: Follow instructions for dry mouth.
  9. Medications (including antihistamines – antidepressants)  can cause dry mouth can cause bad breath.SOLUTION: Follow instructions for dry mouth.
  10. Mouth infections (cavities, gum disease, or impacted teeth). SOLUTION: Dental consultation.
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