What is Bad Breath and How Can I Get Rid of It?

Bad breath isn’t just embarrassing, it’s also a valid health concern. So what causes it? And more importantly, how can you get rid of it?

Causes

There are a number of causes for bad breath and the best way to eliminate it is to get to the root of the issue for your personally.

The most common cause is bad or lacklustre oral hygiene. If you don’t brush and floss regularly, food particles and bacteria get stuck in your teeth and eventually solidify into plaque. Even if you do floss regularly, if you forget to brush the hard to reach areas of your mouth (or your tongue) it can be a huge contributor to odour. People with gum disease are also prone to bad breath.

Outside of oral hygiene, some other causes for bad breath can range from things like dry mouth, gastrointestinal issues (IBS, IBD, and other digestive issues can negatively affect the smell of your breath), eating certain foods (garlic, onion, spices), and even hunger. It’s also important to note that some medications can cause bad breath. If you think that might be the case for you, talk to your doctor.

How Can I Get Rid of It?

Depending on the root cause, there are a number of different things you can try. If you think your bad breath might be the result of an underlying medical condition, go see your doctor and look online to see if you can find other people who’ve had the same problem.


No matter what the cause, here are some long and short term solutions that should work for most people:

Short Term Solutions

  1. carry breath mints and chewing gum with you

  2. make sure to thoroughly clean your teeth and brush your tongue as well as your teeth to keep your mouth as clean as possible

Longer Term Solutions

  1. Drink more water. Seriously. You’d be surprised by how much drinking more water positively affects your health overall

  2. Add green tea and herbal teas to your diet. They’ll help mask bad breath and assist with any digestive issues.

  3. Alter your diet and try eliminating foods that might be causing your bad breath problems.

  4. Quit smoking.