Bad breath happens. If you’ve ever gottenthat
not-so-fresh feeling on a date, at a job interview or
just talking with friends, you’re not alone. Studies show
that 50 percent of adults have had bad breath,
or halitosis, at some point in their lives.
What Causes Bad Breath?
There are a number of reasons you might have dragon
breath. While many causes are harmless, bad breath
can sometimes be a sign of something more serious.
Bad breath can happen anytime thanks to the
hundreds of types of bad breath-causing bacteria that
naturally lives in your mouth. Your mouth also acts
like a natural hothouse that allows these bacteria to
grow. When you eat, bacteria feed on the food left in
your mouth and leaves a foul-smelling waste product
Feeling parched? Your mouth might not be making
enough saliva. Saliva is important because it works
around the clock to wash out your mouth. If you don’t
have enough, your mouth isn’t being cleaned as
much as it should be. Dry mouth can be caused by
certain medications, salivary gland problems or by
simply breathing through your mouth.