Do you ever wake up in the morning with breath that could wake the dead? Well you’re not alone on that one, my own morning breath is far from the rose scented dream I would like it to be, but a good tooth brushing will normally sort that out before I head out to face the day. But what if your stinky breath isn’t just an early morning thing? We’ve found nine things that could be making your breath stink without you knowing about it!
Come on, people, we should all know how important it is to stay hydrated by now! Proper hydration is so good for your body in so many ways, and if you’re dehydrated you could wind up with bad breath. If you drink water throughout the day, it can help to rinse any loose food particles from your mouth, which helps your breath. Drink up, people, you know it makes sense!
2. Chewing gum
But wait, isn’t chewing gum supposed to freshen your breath? I mean that’s why most of us chew gum after we’ve eaten something stuffed full with garlic, right? Well, it’s alright if you only chew gum once in a while, but constantly chewing gum could be making your breath worse in the long run. This is because the sugar in your gum can cause plaque build up on your teeth, making your breath stink.
3. Eating a low carb diet
Low carb diets are popular amongst those looking to shed the pounds, but it could be the cause of your unwanted stinky breath, especially if you’re replacing the carbs with fats. This is a common practice with keto or Atkins diets, so make sure you’re aware of the side effects before starting one of these diets. Me? I’ll just stick with the carbs, thanks!
4. Your birth control
Your birth control could be stopping you from getting pregnant in more ways than one! If you take oral contraceptives, then the increase in oestrogen and progesterone levels could give you dry mouth or a post nasal drip, which both result in bad breath. Chances are, you’re not going to get pregnant if you’ve scared your partner away with your bad breath, so that’s something, I suppose!
5. Having diabetes
If you suffer from type 1 or type 2 diabetes, your insulin levels could affect the production of saliva or the absorption of saliva in your mouth. The dry mouth that occurs as a side effect could be what’s making your breath smell.