People occasionally have bad breath, but if you constantly need to be popping a breath mint, you might be doing a few things wrong. A meal filled with garlic and onions could be the cause, but you may also be engaging in a number of habits that may be causing bad breath. Paying attention to these habits, both oral and otherwise, can make the difference in your mouth’s natural scent, and you’ll no longer have to worry about getting too close to the person you’re talking to.
1. Drinking Alcohol
Drinking alcohol dehydrates you and dries out your mouth,which leads to a reduction in saliva production. That lack of saliva in your mouth leads to more bacteria production, which causes bad breath.
2. Too Much Mouthwash
Mouthwash just masks bad breath, not solves it, plus mouthwashes with alcohol can kill too many bacteria in your mouth, which causes your mouth to overcompensate by repopulating more bad breath-causing bacteria than before.
3. Too Many Mints
Mints are great when you need a quick solution, but they can eventually worsen the problem, because it is only a temporary fix and the sugar in mints can actually feed the bacteria that causes bad breath.
4. Breathing Through Your Mouth
Breathing through your mouth contributes to dry mouth and bad breath, so make it a habit to breathe through your nose as much as possible, because breathing through your mouth, especially when you sleep, dries the mouth and tongue which allows bacteria to form which can cause bad breath.
5. Old Toothbrush
Be sure to replace your toothbrush frequently and that you’re using a high quality brush. Old splintered bristles not only can be less effective at removing plaque that houses bacteria, but they may also be a breeding ground for bacteria by itself.
6. Stay Hydrated
Be sure to drink water, because when your mouth is dry, it creates a breeding ground for bacteria which causes bad breath. By staying hydrated you will replenish your saliva and keep away bad breath.
That cigarette is damaging more than just your lungs, tobacco smell causes gum disease and this causes a foul breath, even after the smoky smell has dissipated.