Bad breath can be an embarrassing problem to have and sometimes avoiding strong-smelling food like garlic and onions just won’t solve your problem

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Is your mouth dry?

Some medication and illnesses like diabetes and even the flu and fever can leave you with a dry mouth.
Saliva is the body’s way of constantly flushing food particles and other bits that could breed bacteria and odour out of the mouth.
When your mouth is dry food particles stay in your mouth for longer than they normally would overtime causing bad breath.
Medicated mouth sprays can help you keep your mouth moist. Rinsing your mouth out with mouth wash or even just water regularly can flush your mouth out in a similar way to how your saliva would do it naturally.

Sickness and infections

Aside from causing a dry mouth, sickness and infection can cause bad breath because of a chemical produced by your body because of illness.
Problems in your stomach can cause an unsettling and foul-smelling reaction. This can affect your breath.
Infections in the mouth, throat and nasal area can also affect your breath either by oozing, a postnasal drip or simply, as a result of bacteria in the area.
The best way to treat bad breath caused by illness is to seek medical attention for the medical condition. Solutions focused on fixing only bad breath are more likely just a temporary mask for a possible long-term condition.

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Allergic reactions

Allergies can affect your stomach your sinuses and your tonsils these can affect your breath too. Allergies can cause inflammation and chemical reactions that release an unpleasant odour among other discomforts.
Fortunately treating the allergic reaction and avoiding it in the future will solve issues with bad breath as well.

Source: www.health.harvard.edu

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