We smirk when we see people blow into their hands to check their breath, but most of us are guilty of doing it at least once or twice in our lives. Few things can be more embarrassing than bad breath at a crucial moment, and if it is a problem you have to deal with daily, before it goes from a simple nuisance into a major handicap.
Bad breath or halitosis can have several triggers such as eating habits, lack of proper dental hygiene, as well as being a sign of other health problems. What you eat, starts to break down in your mouth almost instantly, and after digestion ends up absorbed in your blood. From there it is gets carried to your lungs which in turn goes back into your breath.
Brushing is only a temporary band aid in this situation, as the smell will not disappear completely until the food has completed its journey through your body. Bad dental hygiene can also add to this as, if you do not brush twice a day and floss regularly, pieces of food will get trapped, encouraging the growth of bacteria in all parts of your mouth.
If you have persistent bad breath, combined with a strange taste, it could be a sign of a more serious issue, such as gum disease, diabetes or pneumonia among others.
The most effective way to prevent bad breath is to practice good dental hygiene. You need to brush twice a day, floss daily and use mouth wash to reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth. The best way to prevent or combat this problem is to have regular checkups with both your dentist, and your doctor, as they will be able to best advise you on how to deal with this issue if it persists.