It can be, but mostly is attributed to oral hygiene --how clean is your mouth?
Here are some things that can help reduce or eliminate bad breath:
brush twice daily at least, though after every meal is important. Brush your tongue too. Use a new toothbrush
every 2-3 months, floss between all teeth once daily, get regular dental cleanings and exams. Things that a dentist can detect and treat that can make breath smell bad: cavities (tooth decay
), dry mouth
, infections in your gums.
Things that make your mouth less healthy:
/using smokeless tobacco, eating sugar
frequently throughout the day, taking medications that cause dry mouth without using water or sugarless candy to replace saliva
Extra things you can do to help have a healthy mouth:
drink 8 or more glasses
of water per day, spaced regularly from when you get up until 4 hours before bed. Use gum or mouthwash
that contains xylitol. This ingredient helps reduce bacteria
levels in the mouth.