What is Halitosis?
Halitosis or bad breath is mainly caused by the accumulation of bacteria in the oral cavity, which can produce unpleasant odors. Bad breath can be embarrassing, but fortunately, once the cause is determined, treatment can easily begin.
Causes of Bad Breath (Halitosis)
The most common cause of the accumulation of bacteria is the lack of a complete oral care program, which leads to the accumulation of dental plaque around the gum line and tongue. Other causes of bad breath include diet choices, bacterial accumulation during sleep, stress, and dehydration.
Bad breath can also be caused by :
Tobacco use. If you smoke then you should quit smoking right away. Your bad breath may also be caused by other reasons, but smoking is a guarantee for bad breath. If you have decided to quit then please consult your doctor or dentist for advice and support.
The diet you take. Certain foods such as garlic can cause bad breath, but only temporarily. Once they are absorbed into the blood, the odor will be expelled through breathing, but these odors will remain until the body processes food, so they cannot be resolved quickly.
Dry mouth. If your mouth is very dry, your saliva is not enough to wash away excess food particles and bacteria. If they accumulate on your teeth, they may cause an unpleasant smell.
In rare cases, bad breath may be a sign of a more serious medical condition, so it is important not to ignore the problem, and if the problem still persists then please see a dentist. By following proper oral care procedures, you can help in improving bad breath.
Bad Breath Remedies
Brushing. Dental flossing and rinsing. It sounds simple, but this is the best routine to help you in fighting bad breath. After you understand the cause of bad breath, you can begin to take appropriate steps to help get a fresh breath. These simple steps will help you get the most out of your dental care program:
- Using mouthwash can eliminate bad breath and peculiar smells caused by certain foods and help in keeping your mouth fresh.
- Limit caffeine, alcoholic beverages, sugary and acidic juices, and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. The amount of water you need will vary according to your physical condition and daily activity level.
- Chew sugarless gum to stimulate saliva production. Eating mint is a temporary but not recommended method. It can leave sugary residues in the mouth, so it can reduce breath freshness.
- Daily flossing helps prevent food particles from being trapped and the accumulation of dental plaque.
Bad Breath Treatments
Bad breath may indicate an infection in other parts of the body. If you have chronic bad breath and your dentist ruled out any oral problems, please see your doctor for evaluation. Bad breath can be a sign of many diseases, including respiratory infections, chronic sinusitis or bronchitis, diabetes, or liver, and kidney problems, so it is important not to ignore this problem.
The best way to improve bad breath is to follow thorough oral care procedures, including brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily to remove food particles and bacteria that may cause bad breath. Mouthwash will only improve bad breath in the short term. If you have a chronic disease, your dentist may recommend you to rinse with an antibacterial agent to prevent bacterial growth.