BAD BREATH- HALITOSIS

Halitosis is the medical name of bad breath. Bad breath is the unpleasant smell from our mouth. This is detectable by the other people or the people with whom we talk. This becomes very embarrassing in public because people can try to avoid you as nobody can tolerate foul smell. Sometimes it is detectable by yourselves also but maximum times this is non-detectable unless somebody mentions you.

CAUSES

1. FOOD AND DRINKS

Eating too much of strong flavoured food items which contain onion, garlic and spices can cause bad breath(Halitosis). Drinks like alcohol, coffee can be also the cause of bad breath.
But generally food and drinks items cause temporary halitosis which remains for some hours or day. This can be prevented by good oral hygiene.

2. POOR ORAL HYGIENE

Poor oral hygiene is the most common reason for bad breath. If you do not floss and brush your tongue and teeth properly, the bacteria is formed due to the sticked food between your teeth and tongue.

3. SMOKING

Smoking causes your mouth to smell bad, infect your gums which leads to gum diseases and certainly mouth odour.

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4. MEDICATION

Some kind of medication causes bad odours from our mouth as it releases such chemicals that can cause bad breath.

5. DRY MOUTH

Dry mouth is the state when your mouth remains dry due to less floe of saliva. And this causes the growth of bacteria leading to bad odours from our mouth. Dry mouth is caused due to less in water quantity in your body, due to some medication. Also dry mouth naturally occurs during sleep, leading to “morning breath,” and it worsens if you sleep with your mouth open

6. CRASH DIET

Crash dieting, fasting or diet with low carbohydrate can be the of bad odour as it they cause the body to break down fat, which produces chemicals called ketones that can be smelled on your breath.

7. INFECTION IN YOUR MOUTH

Bad breath can also be caused due to recent oral surgery like tooth decay, tooth removal , gum diseases and mouth sores.

8. Other mouth, nose and throat conditions

Bad breath can occasionally stem from small stones that form in the tonsils and are covered with bacteria that produce odour. Infections or chronic inflammation in the nose, sinuses or throat, which can contribute to postnasal drip, also can cause bad breath.

PREVENTION

  • Practise your oral hygiene always. Brush twice a day with a fluoride paste to remove plaques.

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  • Don’t forget to clean your tongue after brushing.
  • Change your brush after every two or three months or after illness.
  • Floss your teeth to remove food particles in between the teeth.
  • Use a anti-bacterial mouth wash to maintain the oral hygiene.
  • Drink a lot of water. This keeps your mouth moist and help to prevention of bacteria in your mouth.
  • Visit your dentists regularly.

Choose the best for your oral health at Radix Healthcare by Dr. Shruti Malik, the passionate Endodontist.

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