Almost everyone experiences bad breath once in a while, but for some people it becomes a regular problem which becomes embarrassing sometimes. Some people may not be even aware of bad breath and comes to know by someone else. On rare occasions bad breath can also be sign of more serious medical condition. So it’s better not to avoid it and visit your dentist if problem persists.
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES BAD BREATH?
Bad breath or halitosis can originate both inside and outside the mouth but it’s typically caused by bacterial buildup in mouth. It can also be made worse by types of food you eat or unhealthy lifestyle
All the food you eat begins to breakdown in your mouth. Some food with strong odor like onion, garlic, coffee etc. can temporarily cause bad breath.
2. Oral Habits
If you do not brush and clean your mouth properly, left over debris of food makes your mouth, house of bacteria. It causes plaque deposit on your teeth leading to gum diseases.
3. Dry Mouth
Saliva produced in mouth is necessary because it washes your mouth round the clock. You can get tooth decay and bad breath if you don’t produce enough saliva. Dry mouth can result due to various medication, salivary glands problems or mouth breathing.
4. General Health
Mouth infections can cause bad breath. However, if your dentist has ruled out other causes and you brush and floss every day, your bad breath could be the result of another problem, such as a sinus condition, gastric reflux, diabetes, liver or kidney disease. In this case, see your healthcare provider.
5. Smoking and Tobacco
Smoking or eating tobacco, stains your teeth and causes bad breath and sometimes they may even not be aware of their condition.
Someone wearing a denture and not clean it properly can too cause bad breath .
WHAT CAN I DO TO PREVENT BAD BREATH?
1. Brush and Floss
Plaque is sticky buildup on your teeth which collect bacteria causing bad breath. Brush twice daily and floss to clean tight spaces in between your teeth, where your toothbrush sometimes miss. Don’t forget about your tongue when you are Cleaning your teeth. Use tongue scarpers or tooth brush to clean it
Besides freshening your breath, a mouthwash adds extra protection by getting rid of bacteria and temporarily masking bad breath. But remember it’s not a substitute to brushing.
3. Kick the tobacco habit
Stop smoking or chewing tobacco, ask your dentist tips to withdraw your habit. Quitting this habit will not only give you better health but a better quality of life too.
4. Keep hydrated
Keep drinking water frequently to keep your mouth moist.
Also sugarless chewing gum stimulates production of saliva which washes away food particles stuck on teeth. Consult your dentist to rule out if you have any salivary glands related problem.
5. Clean Dentures
If you wear removable dentures remove them at night and clean thoroughly before using in morning
6. Visit your dentist regularly
At least twice a year you should visit your dentist to get your teeth professionally cleaned and check your oral health condition. It allows your dentist to detect any problems related to gum diseases, tooth decay, dry mouth etc.
Until the next time