Today I want to talk to you about bad breath. I know it’s a sensitive subject, but a lot of people live with this problem without being aware of it and without anyone telling them to be ashamed. Imagine that 50% of the adult population has this health problem!
Halitosis or bad breath occurs most often due to food debris that gets stuck between the teeth, tongue and gums. These debris cause the formation of cavities, and caries make our breath smell bad. Halitosis can also occur due to infections or gingival diseases, such as gingivitis or periodontitis, but also due to vices or habits. When we sleep with our mouths open or when we consume alcohol, our mouth dries out and may start to smell bad, and smoking is one of the main factors that lead to bad breath.
There is another cause of bad breath that is not commonly mentioned: a diseased digestive system. We should have 85% beneficial bacteria in the gut, but when we eat a lot of processed foods with additives, sweeteners or large amounts of sugar, harmful bacteria can multiply and the gut can become permeable. Permeable bowel syndrome can make our breath smell bad, but it is also involved in autoimmune diseases, allergies, chronic inflammation, depression or even some forms of cancer.
And now that we have found out why halitosis appears, let’s see how we get rid of it! And, no, chewing gum is not the right answer! The first step is dental hygiene: brushing our teeth twice a day and flossing get rid of harmful bacteria, keep our teeth healthy and breathe fresh. We try to give up vices such as smoking or alcohol, and if we suffer from gum disease, we run to the doctor to treat them! If we have done all this and the breath has not disappeared, it is time to turn our attention to the intestinal flora! Homemade yogurt, probiotics and fiber help us rebalance the level of beneficial bacteria in the gut. It is good to give up or considerably limit the consumption of carbonated drinks, commercial fruit juices and foods containing sugars or cereals rich in gluten because they attack the intestinal flora.
So, if you are facing this problem of bad breath, it is very important to find out the cause and treat it. When we suffer from bad breath, we risk having a not very active social life, isolating ourselves and even falling into depression. Try to make healthy choices, take care of your whole body and treat the causes, not the effects!