Bad breath (Halitosis)—we’ve all had it at one time or another, but our shared experience doesn’t make it any less embarrassing. It is a common complaint among the general population and is estimated to be the third most frequent reason for seeking dental aid.
Bad breath can mean a problem with your digestion, gum disease, point to an allergy, an acidic system, low immunity, or inadequate oral hygiene. Bad Breadth can cause embarrassment, depression, and make relationships more difficult.
However, when bad breath persists, despite good oral health, there may be other reasons for mouth odor and a consultation with your dentist or physician is a must.
- Hot/spicy food, certain drinks, alcoholic beverages, coffee and garlic, onion, salty foods, spices, curries causes moldy odor and dry mouth releasing chemicals that have a strong odor.
- Nasal obstruction leads to mouth breathing causing dryness of the mouth also leads to bad breath as dry mouth causes more tongue coating and therefore reduces the production of saliva which cleanses our mouth resulting in bad breath.
- Smoking also contributes to dry mouth. Tobacco is another common source of mouth odor. If you use any tobacco products, consult with your dentist for advice and support on how to quit
- Plaque that occurs naturally in your mouth can cause bad breath if not removed regularly through good oral hygiene practices.
The first step in stopping your bad breath is tracking down the cause. Your dentist can be a big help here. You can examine your mouth to rule out any oral health problems, like gum disease, tooth decay, or low salivary flow.
Taking Control Of Bad Breath
While there are many causes for bad breath, it most commonly results from a lack of good oral hygiene. Here are some basic steps that can help you control bad breath:
- Keep it clean– Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes with a fluoride-containing toothpaste and clean between your teeth once a day with dental floss. Add a mouth rinse to help wash away debris and freshen breath. Toothpaste that helps fight oral odor also are available.
- Drink water in regular intervals– By drinking enough water, you help prevent dry mouth good saliva flow cleanses the teeth and tissues and is essential to keeping the mouth healthy and in balance.
- Use a tongue cleaner– Tongue coated with a white film is the most common cause of halitosis. To maintain daily oral hygiene one should always use a tongue cleaner.
- Mouthwashes– Gargling, mouthwash can help wash away fluids that coat the throat, reducing the bad breathing effect.
- See your dentist-Stop in for an examination and a professional cleaning on a regular basis. Be prepared to tell your dentist about any medications you are taking and any changes in your health, including temporary illnesses or the development of new health conditions.