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Can being tired lead to bad breath?
Updated: 4/25/2012 6:59:50 PM

Can being tired lead to bad breath?  

Bad breath can be caused by different things, many of which may also contribute to poor dental health. Recently, The Hufffington Post published an article by Thomas Connelly, D.D.S., who explained some of the causes of "exhaustion" breath.

According to the dentist, there are many things that people to do to get an extra perk in the afternoon that contribute to bad breath. First is coffee, which not only produces its own scent that can cause oral odor, but also dries out the mouth. A dry mouth produces more bacteria, causing breath to smell.

Next, stress can cause exhaustion, and bad breath too.

"You see, when we are stressed, our bodies produce a hormone called cortisol, which studies have shown to further dry your mouth. So no, even if you don't drink coffee, work stress will help 'exhaust' your body's natural defense against food particles and bad breath," said Connelly, quoted by the news source.

Luckily, there are solutions to this problem. FitSugar.com suggests eating crunchy foods that promote saliva production, such as apples, celery and carrots, to fight bad breath. Of course, brushing teeth at least twice a day, flossing and using mouthwash are the best ways to beat oral odor. 

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