Whether you call it bad breath or halitosis, it’s an unpleasant condition that’s cause for embarrassment. Some people with bad breath aren’t even aware there’s a problem. . If you’re concerned about bad breath, see your dentist. He or she can help identify the cause and, if it’s due to an oral condition, develop a treatment plan to help eliminate it.
CAUSES OF BAD BREATH
- Certain foods, such as garlic and onions cause bad breath. Once these food are absorbed into the bloodstream, they are transferred to the lungs, where they are expelled. Brushing, flossing and mouthwash will only mask the odor temporarily. Odors continue until the body eliminates the food.
- If you don’t brush and floss daily, particles of food remain in the mouth, collecting bacteria, which can cause bad breath. Food that collects between the teeth, on the tongue and around the gums can rot, leaving an unpleasant smell.
- Bad breath can also be caused by dry mouth, which occurs when the flow of saliva decreases. Dry mouth may be caused by various medications, gland problems or continuously breathing through the mouth. If you suffer from dry mouth, your dentist may prescribe artificial saliva, or suggest using, sugarless candy and increasing your fluid intake.
- Tobacco products cause bad breath. If you use tobacco, try to stop it.
- Medical problems like infection in the respiratory tract, chronic sinusitis, chronic bronchitis, diabetes, gastrointestinal disturbance, liver or kidney problems.
- Infections in the mouth like gum diseases (gingivitis/periodontitis); oral ulcers; infections after tooth removal.
HOW TO OVERCOME BAD BREATH
- Treat any identifiable cause.
- avoid foods like garlic, onions and spices.
- avoid alcohol and tobacco
- eat a good breakfast and take regular meals including fresh fruits ( empty stomach can lead to bad breath)
- Maintain good oral health as it is essential to reducing bad breath. Schedule regular dental visits for a professional cleaning and checkup.
- Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste to remove food debris and plaque. Brush your tongue too. Once a day, use floss or an interdental cleaner to clean between teeth.
- Use mouthwashes regularly . A fluoride mouth rinse, used along with brushing and flossing, can help prevent tooth decay. Chlorhexidine containing mouthwashes can prevent gum diseases. Listerine mouthwash can be used regularly to prevent bad breath.