Bad Breath (Halitosis)
Does your mouth smell awful no matter how much you brush your teeth?
- What is Halitosis?
Halitosis is a term given to mouth malodor that persists for a longer time period. It results in constant smelly breath in a person which may affect their personal relationships with people and harm their self-esteem.
- What causes Bad Breath?
The main cause of bad breath is typically poor oral hygiene since the impacted food particles and the debris on the tongue contribute majorly to the mouth smell.
However, there are maybe many more reasons for it as described below:
Mouth, Nose, and Throat Infections: The bacteria in gingivitis (gum disease), tonsillitis, or another nose, sinus, and throat issues could also be the reason behind your mouth odor. Other infections like oral thrush, mouth sores can also add to it.
Dry mouth: Dry mouth is when there is less than normal levels of saliva production in your mouth, resulting in dryness, or oral thrush in children.
Since saliva is essential to all the antimicrobial activities in your mouth, poor levels can lead to more accumulation of bacteria resulting in bad breath.
Dry mouth may be caused by a number of things like medicines, excessive caffeine intake, and smoking.
Other conditions: Even though bad breath occurs in the mouth, it could also be coming from other areas like a bad breath from the stomach, liver, or kidney problems.
- Bad breath treatment
To avoid bad smell from the mouth, good oral hygiene should be practiced. Daily flossing, brushing teeth thoroughly at least twice a day, and brushing your tongue is crucial to oral hygiene.
To further aid in keeping your mouth fresh, flavored toothpaste and mouthwashes can be used.
For temporary relief, mints and mouth sprays can also be used.
To avoid dry mouth, less use of tobacco, alcohol, and coffee is encouraged.
Chewing gum or candy can stimulate saliva.
Make sure to drink plenty of water.
For chronic dry mouth, consult a dentist or physician.
Lastly, keep a habit of checking in with us regularly, i.e. twice a year, to keep your oral hygiene at best.
No More Bad Breath!