You’re headed out to holler at some honeys and you do the hand-to-face breath check. This is when you realize your breath smells of the boo boo, and unfortunately you have no time to do anything useful about it. You have no ‘Toids, no ‘Breakers … and no chance of keeping that stank wrapped inside of just your personal bubble.
Bad breath can indeed make a horrible impression on the receiver of the nauseous gases, but once you understand what the causes are, you can easily control your boo boo breath.
Yep, you guessed it – Food. Yes, what you eat can cause your breath to smell. Of course, when you think of food and bad breath, you’re most likely to think of the common bad-breath mongrels, like onions and garlic. These specific culprits actually break down in a way that not only pollutes your mouth, their odor is also expunged through your sweat glands. But don’t be stupid, onions and garlic aren’t the only causes of bad breath. Many other veggie tables cause bad breath, as do dairies, which create much more mucus in the mouth and throat (eww). Snacking on a little cheese during happy hour may not be the best idea. Even chocolate can cause boo boo breath.
2. Food Breakdown
The breakdown of food particles in your mouth. When you eat, tiny baby particles of food become lodged between your chompers and below your gum beds. These morsels cause cause a stink as they break down.
Dranks (Beverages for you politically correct folk). As earlier discussed, dairy causes excess mucus, so dairy drinks can easily cause BBB that doesn’t quickly go away. Sugary dranks cause the bacteria known to cause bad breath to flood the mouth. Bad-breath causing bacteria love to grub on sugar.
4. Dry Mouth
Dry Mouth AKA cotton-mothesillia. Some people have chronic dry mouth for no known reason. Others have it because of medications they take. Still others may suffer dry mouth from sipping on the Goose and other forms of alcohol, or consistently using alcohol-based mouth rinses.
5. Poor Oral Health
Poor oral health. Let’s be real, teeth and gums that are not taken care of can make your mouth a weapon. That’s it… Simple solution: BRUSH YOUR TEETH!
6. Health Issues
Health issues. Many health problems can cause bad breath. Those with diabetes may have fruity smelling breath, or breath that smells like markers, if they haven’t properly medicated. Kidney problems and acid reflux can also cause bad breath, to name a few.
Illnesses involving the sinus or throat. Whether it’s post-nasal drip caused by the common cold or by nasal allergies, those with upper respiratory illnesses often have bad breath. In fact, doctors can often recognize sinus infections or strep throat based solely on the patient’s breath. It’s often a good idea to ask a person with boo boo breath if they’ve recently gotten over a cold or have sinus problems. Then follow up with ‘YOUR BREATH IS RAW!’ only when they’ve replied to the prior question with a clear ‘NO…”
8. Cigarettes / Cigars
Use of cancer sticks AKA cigs. Smokers and those who chew tobacco have distinctive-smelling bad breath. The more one smokes or chews, the worse the breath
can will smell.
9 . Poor Care
Poor mouth care. Some people are prone to skipping the step of brushing their teeth twice daily (guilty as charged), and the American Dental Association estimates that up to 80% of individuals don’t floss daily (again, guilty). Brushing teeth properly helps remove unhealthy bacteria from the teeth and gums, which significantly reduces the incidence of BBB. But even if you brush twice daily like clockwork but skip flossing, you could be leaving your mouth wide open to the effects of boo boo breath. Flossing teeth significantly helps remove both food and bacteria stuck between teeth in places a toothbrush cannot reach. It also releases bacteria from below the gum line, not only reducing the likelihood of BBB, but also significantly reducing the risk of periodontal disease.
Curbing Bad Breath At the Source
It can be a bit overwhelming trying to stay on top of boo boo breath but thankfully, there is one simple way to help reduce it. By altering the bacterial composition of your mouth, you can help crowd out bad-breath causing bacteria. A simple probiotic mint, filled with the beneficial bacteria known to reduce the colonies of harmful, bad-breath causing bacteria, can help control halitosis, regardless of its cause.
Remember, first impressions LAST FOREVER.