Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is a breath that has an unpleasant odour. It can occur occasionally or can be persistent depending on the cause.
The bacteria that lives in the mouth, especially on the back of the tongue, are the primary causes of bad breath. The mouth’s warm, moist conditions make an ideal environment for these bacteria to grow. The following are the main reasons for bad breath.
Poor dental hygiene:
Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth can also be a sign on gum disease.
Sinus or lung infections, bronchitis, diabetes, and some liver or kidney diseases may be associated with bad breath.
Garlic, onions, coffee, cigarette smoking, chewing tobacco are the external elements that can cause bad breath.
Dry mouth (xerostomia):
This can be caused by salivary gland problems, medications or by breathing through the mouth. Without adequate saliva, food particles are not cleaned away.
Maintaining good oral hygiene, eliminating gum disease and scheduling regular professional cleanings are essential to reducing bad breath. Brushing the teeth and tongue twice a day and cleaning between the teeth daily with floss is crucially important. If dentures are worn, they have to be removed at night and cleaned thoroughly before replacing them the next morning.
Bad breath caused by dental problems can be prevented easily. Good oral hygiene is usually enough to prevent and treat bad breath. Regular visits to the dentist allow your dentist to detect any problem such as gum disease, or dry mouth. Your dentist can advise you on how to improve your oral health and can refer you for further investigation if they think there may be another cause for your bad breath.
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