Bad Breath

Bad Breath clinically termed Halitosis is a common problem resulting mostly from poor oral hygiene. It could either be occasional or be a chronic condition. It could also be an indication of other underlying health problems and can be made worse by certain types of foods.

Causes

  • Bad breath can have a number of causes though it is mostly because of the buildup of bacteria in the mouth. This is due to poor oral hygiene as food particles are left in the mouth that decay and cause bad breath.

  • Food such as garlic, onions etc have a strong odour which does not go away inspite of brushing and flossing. It is eventually carried off to your lungs and breath. The smell remains until the food has passed out of your body completely.

  • Tobacco products – Smoking or use of tobacco products can cause bad breath and lead to problems such as periodontal disease.

  • Health problems- such as bronchitis, sore throat, sinus infections, lactose intolerance, diabetes, other gastro intestinal problems, some kidney and liver problems may also cause bad breath.

  • Dry Mouth- a condition that is caused by problems with salivary glands or the connective tissue disorders or due to medications may cause bad breath. Saliva helps to moisten and cleanse the mouth thus removing bacteria that cause bad breath.

  • Mouth infections such as gum disease, impacted tooth or cavities may cause bad breath

  • Dentures and braces if not cleaned properly can cause bad breath due to rotting of food and accumulation of bacteria.

  • Medications such as antihistamines or diuretics can cause dry mouth condition that may lead to bad breath.

  • Morning bad breath is caused due to very less production of saliva at night.

Treatment and Prevention

Practicing good oral hygiene is the key to having a healthy mouth and teeth and getting rid of bad breath. Bad breath can be reduced and prevented by following these steps

  • Practice good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth with a fluoridated toothpaste atleast twice daily and floss atleast once a day. Brushing the tongue is also important to remove bacteria from the mouth. Dentures should also be cleaned daily.

  • Visit your dentist atleast twice a year or as required. This helps them to treat dental conditions that may cause bad breath.

  • Avoid tobacco and tobacco products

  • Drink lots of water to keep the mouth moist or chew sugarless gum.

  • Keep a log of the foods you eat or the medication you take. Consult your dentist if you think they might be the cause of bad breath.

  • Antibacterial mouth rinses may help remove bacteria and thus reduce bad breath.

If you feel you still have bad breath inspite of following the above steps then fix an appointment with our dentists who can diagnose the exact reason for your bad breath and provide solutions.