Why Does Our Breath Smell?

When you’re meeting new people, your looks have quite a lot to say about who you are, what you care about, what you like, and the type of person you are. While this isn’t always true and looks definitely can be deceiving, there is certainly something to glean from an individual who’s dressed to the nines when you first encounter them.

What about other factors, though? What about how they speak? How they interact with people? What about how they smell?

Breath falls into that last category and it can be an absolute game breaker on something like a date. In fact, it’s no surprise that movies and shows often depict people going on dates as checking their breath multiple times before arriving to their date’s house. If your breath smells when you’re meeting your date, it can turn them off completely and make them blind to all your best qualities while the date ensues.

While we certainly can do things like brush our teeth, rinse with mouthwash, floss, pop a mint in our mouths, and other things, this is only masking our bad breath for the time being. And when certain things are underlying issues to bad breath, this won’t help forever.

With that said, here are the top three causes for your bad breath.


Here’s one of the number one causes of chronic bad breath. If you’ve smoked a good portion of your life, the chances are that your breath will be paying for it. While it’s never easy to quit the habit of smoking, doing so will greatly help the chances of your breath returning to normal.

Gum disease

Gum disease, or gingivitis, is something that affects a large portion of the US, so you’re not alone if you happen to suffer from this. Bleeding gums and bad breath are never things you want to have, but the good thing is you can have it treated quite easily so long as you see your dentist when you should and stick to a good dental routine. Because it’s one of the most common diseases Americans suffer from, you can imagine that most people probably have suspect or bad breath.


Your diet is a big part of how your body reacts to lots of things. It’s no wonder that it can affect your breath for the better or worse, too. Pungent foods like garlic, dairy, fish, and onions can all cause your breath to smell pretty foul if you eat too much or don’t brush your teeth afterwards. Even alcohol and coffee can cause bad breath, too.


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