Causes Of Bad Breath

Bad breath also known as halitosis, can be very embarassing and if not properly cared for could lead to a gum disease.

The causes of bad breath includes:

Tobacco intake


Dry Saliva

Poor dental hygiene


Tobacco smokers are also prone to bad breath. Chain smokers could also have gum disease which is another form of bad breath.


After eating meals, the food particles that might remain in the teeth and gum could cause bacteria in the mouth and such bacteria would result to a foul odour from the mouth.


Saliva helps to clean the mouth which removes food particles too. Therefore, a dry mouth would definitely result to bad breath. Hence drink enough water.


Individuals who do not take proper care of their tooth by brushing and flossing at least two times a day are most likely going to have bad breath because the sticky-film and colourless bacteria in the mouth would continue to build, thereby resulting to bad breath.


You could also share with us what causes bad breath. Any comments?

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  • I think keeping quiet all the time too contribute to bad breath..

    - Abijah Johnnie - 2019-08-16 12:51:05 Quote

  • Taking a cup of water early in the morning can reduce bad breath

    - Adebiyi Opeyemi - 2019-08-16 13:03:58 Quote

  • Avoiding sugary substances because they contribute to it

    - OGUNS Philip - 2019-08-16 13:15:34 Quote

  • Too much silence can also cause bad breath.

    - Moses Osgood - 2019-08-16 13:24:37 Quote

  • That's why it's good to eat before brushing! And too much silence can do cause bad breath.

    - EGEDEGBE Divine Oghenejakpor - 2019-08-16 13:39:22 Quote

  • I think too much intake of alcohol  also causes bad breathe

    - Adewuyi Femi - 2019-08-16 14:17:36 Quote

  • regular intake of fruits reduce bad breath. and there is one thing i noticed. those the sleep with their mouths opens usually dont wake up with bad breath. 

    - IBRAHIM HAFIZ - 2019-08-16 14:45:18 Quote

  • It has been recommended for one to brush at least twice a day. Once in the morning after meal and in the night before going to bed. Most people especially Nigerians are fond of not brushing the teeth before going to bed and this also leads to bad breath.

    - Gerald Onyedikachi - 2019-08-16 14:48:02 Quote

  • I think the major cause of bad breath are

    1.always being silent; I. E don't like talking 

    2.taking to much of alcohol 

    3.not cleaning the nose when it dirty; some times when the dirty in the nose accumulates, it can lead to bad breath 

    - Nnamani Josh - 2019-08-16 14:58:27 Quote

  • Keeping mute for a long time is also a major contributor to bad breathing.

    - Thomas Philip - 2019-08-16 15:42:45 Quote

  • Keeping mute or quiet for a long time can also cause bad breath 

    - Alade Bashirat - 2019-08-16 15:49:08 Quote

  • Keeping mute or quiet for a long time can also cause bad breath 

    - Alade Bashirat - 2019-08-16 15:49:08 Quote

  • I can't eat on daily basis without washing my mouth which I do twice in a row 

    - Obaji ifeanyichukwu - 2019-08-16 16:47:27 Quote

  • All mentioned above is the cause but personal hygiene of the affected person determine how bad it is going to affect him or her in Public. 

    - Olayiwola Aliu - 2019-08-16 17:03:13 Quote

  • Yes all this causes bad breath, too much sugary food, keeping silence all the time, not brushing ur tongue anytime ur brushing ur teeth etc   

    - Chinwendu umeh - 2019-08-16 17:04:48 Quote

  • Eating hot food can contribute to bad breath 

    - Kingsley Okorie - 2019-08-16 17:08:31 Quote

  • All that is listed above can cause the disease but since prevention is better than cure,so it is better to take the personal hygiene serious..

    - Hassan Adebayo - 2019-08-16 17:13:51 Quote

  • Bad breath is a serious problem for the youths 

    It's something to be seriously concerned about 

    Thanks for the word


    - Justine Nuel - 2019-08-16 18:34:06 Quote

  • Some medications can indirectly produce bad breath by contributing to dry mouth. Others can be broken down in the body to release chemicals that can be carried on your breath.

    - Nora Chidera - 2019-08-16 20:22:43 Quote

  • Too much intake of alcohol and drug abuse also causes bad breath 

    - peter chimezie - 2019-08-16 22:36:24 Quote

  • Poor hygiene.

    Not taking enough water after eating

    If this can be conquered, bad breath won't show up anymore

    - Godson Omejua - 2019-08-16 23:06:14 Quote

  • Eating Sugary substance before bed time causes bad breath

    - YUNUSA ABDULKAREEM - 2019-08-17 00:12:43 Quote

  • Avoid eating too much raw GARLIC and ONIONS. 

    - Miracle Mbalisi - 2019-08-17 08:51:39 Quote

  • Eating much food is not good because it causes it too 

    - Nwachukwu Mabel - 2019-08-17 12:41:19 Quote

  • Tongue is one of the important part of the mouth,but people always neglect it when it comes to cleaning.

    It is therefore important to wash it as we wash our teeth. This also prevent bad breath.

    - Caroline Yemisi - 2019-08-17 21:00:26 Quote

  • We need to take care of our mouth and always watch what we eat

    - Oludemi Michael - 2019-08-19 13:18:08 Quote

  • some eat and do not flush their mouth with water,that can cause that too,and also poor hygiene can also cause that

    - sylvester Eke - 2019-08-21 15:07:06 Quote

  • Toxic gases release by industries is one of the main cause of bad breath

    - Umar Faruk - 2019-08-22 09:29:43 Quote

  • There should be a close monitoring of what eat so as to guaranttee the health of the mout and body sytem, this doesn't only affect the mouth but goes down the to affect the body system. 

    - Sanusi Abubakar - 2019-08-23 07:42:15 Quote

  • There are people that when brushing their mouth they don't like touching their tongue with the brush that one too can cause smelly mouth.

    - Yakubu Shelong - 2019-08-25 19:46:59 Quote

  • If one has a bacteria in the body not treated it can also cause bad breath ( halitosis). So we should make sure that the body is healthy so as to avoid this.

    - Ihuarulam scholastica Ijeoma - 2019-08-25 20:40:29 Quote

  • In my own opinion I think eating stinking food like onions,garlic are major causes of bad breath. If you want to get rid of bad breath then you my avoid those foods or brush immediately after eating them

    - Kingsley Ochimba - 2019-08-26 00:46:33 Quote

  • You have said it all. Thanks for taking your time on the causes of bad odour 

    ways to cure it includes :

    1. Brush twice daily 

    2. Use of mouth wash

    3. Eating fruits 

    4. Drinking enough water 

    5. Avoid foods like raw onions, raw garlic, raw groundnut etc

    - Matthew Ajewole - 2019-08-26 19:46:22 Quote

  • Some other things that causes bad breath are:

    Alcohol intake

    Being quiet for a long time

    Eating raw onion and garlic

    Taking sugary things before going to bed

    Not taking enough water

    - Yusuf Khadijat Omotunde - 2019-08-27 15:12:27 Quote

  • Also when you did not talk for a while this will result into bad breath because the mouth will be dry and germs will be able to penetrate into the mouth

    - Adeboye Gideon - 2019-08-29 17:18:32 Quote

  • Thanks for the enlightenment. Eating healthy, regular exercise with good hygiene helps to fight bad breath. Research also has it that drinking green tee and certain herbs takes care of it completely.

    - Michael Eboh - 2019-08-30 08:20:22 Quote

  • God is great in that as there are all these defects he made ways of correcting them

    Bad breath can be reduced when we brush our teeths in the morning and at night before we go to bed

    - Kieran Obinna - 2019-08-31 09:51:17 Quote

  • lack of brushing of ones tongue properly can cause bad breath cause people make mistake of not brushing the tongue properly thinking it’s the teeth that smells and steady consumption of alcohol can cause bad breath 

    - Ojimadu Samuel - 2019-08-31 11:51:41 Quote

  • Ways to avoid mouth odour are as follows:

    1 by stop eating hot food

    2 by brushing our teeth's especially twice a day

    3 by drinking enough water after eating or before eating,also drinking of water regularly

    4 minding the kind of food we eat

    5 to much of keeping quite causes it to etc

    - Amataobi Chinaza - 2019-08-31 13:51:27 Quote

  • Drinking water after meal is necessary , to flush away the remains in the mouth. Shutting the mouth for long is also another cause and not brushing the tongue too causes bad breath 

    - Akeredolu Glory - 2019-09-03 17:22:12 Quote

  • Most of this things that we take affects us badly but we don't get to know on time sometimes. Less artificial/ carbonated drinks and food & more natural ones eg fruits will go a long way to help our body system 

    - Wilson Michael - 2019-09-04 10:21:02 Quote

  • Most times people sleep at night without brushing their teeth And even when they do they avoid brushing the tongue which is the main part. Brushing the teeth for up to 2 mins is also a way of avoiding bad breadth .

    - Faheedat Lawal - 2019-09-04 11:59:34 Quote

  • Most mouth odour is caused by eating different types of food together especially when its late already and the food doesn't digest odour will be coming out through the mouth by belching, if you refuse to brush your mouth odours will gather there 

    - Adelegan benedict Temitope - 2019-09-06 17:25:56 Quote

  • Poor oral hygiene can cause someone's breath to smell like. Failing to brush and floss your teeth properly and regularly can make your breath smell because plaque and bacteria accumulate on and between your teeth. Gum disease can also contribute to foul-smelling breath. It's caused by neglecting oral hygiene.

    - Isomkwo Clement - 2019-09-10 07:07:04 Quote

  • Sometimes bad breaths are as a result of lack of brushing teeth.some say its hereditary while some say it's a phase. Whatever causes a persons own,it can be cured .there are natural methods as well as some products one can purchase to stop bad breaths.honey and lemon is very good in stopping it ad well as other things

    - Amaeze Nmesoma - 2019-09-11 09:47:26 Quote

  • Congested colon is the major contributor to bad breath hence we need to detoxify our system regularly

    We need to also eat food rich in Fibre, eat more fruits and drink much water for our system to stay off residual waste that might lead to bad breath

    - NsikanAbasi Udosen - 2019-09-13 08:27:15 Quote

  • Too much intake of alcohol can also cause bad breathe. Some alcoholic do not even brush their mouth in the morning because of serious hangover that does not give them time to refreshen up in the morning.

    - Light Udoyo - 2019-09-13 17:40:51 Quote

  • Too much consumption of alcohol can cause bad breath. Not brushing your mouth very well can lead to bad breath

    Smoking causes bad breath too. 

    Not talking for a long time can make the mouth to smell 

    - Okwuidegbe Kate - 2019-09-15 15:18:28 Quote

  • Bad breath also causes a lot of psychological problems o..Many people have lost their self esteem and ability to interact with people because of bad breath.. Leading to lack of confidence ..

    - Olagunju Oluwapelumi - 2019-09-16 08:22:40 Quote

  • We wake up with bad breath most times because the mouth has been closed for so long, it is best to rinse mouth of all food particles before going to bed, it reduces the possibility of morning breath or pamanent mouth ordour.  also be careful of what you eat, if u eat something that smells bad do wash your mouth or just rinse well

    - Mofolu Ayo - 2019-09-16 18:17:44 Quote

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