Bad breath, also known as Halitosis, is a common condition caused by sulphur-producing bacteria that lives within the surface of the tongue and in the throat. At one time or another, everyone experiences bad breath as this can be a temporary problem or it could be due to Chronic Problems.
Causes of Bad Breath:
Although there can be medical reasons that cause the breath odour, most of the times it results from left over food on and around your teeth. The mouth is the perfect place for bacteria to grow and decompose.
Major cause are :
1. Dental Factors : like Periodontal disease, decay in teeth, decay under fillings or crowns.
2. Dry Mouth : caused by medicines, alcohol, stress or some medical conditions.
3. Smoking which starves the mouth of oxygen.
Less common Cause of Bad Breath :
1. Acid and bile Reflux from the stomach.
2. Post nasal discharge – for example chronic maxillary Sinusitis.
3. Kidney Failure.
4. Foods like in meal fill of garlic, onions, or spices
How to Prevent and Treat Bad Breath?
You can do some simple steps at home to control the bad breath and as follows:
1. Brushing teeth twice a day also do include tongue cleaning and brushing at the same time.
There are many brands of toothpastes, toothbrushes, floss, tongue scrapers, and mouth-rinses do make claims to help prevent bad breath. No matter which products you use, be sure to thoroughly remove the bacterial plaque on a daily basis.
The best way to learn how to clean your mouth is by visiting us. You have the ability to take good care of your mouth; it is just a matter of practicing the right hand skills best suited to your unique oral conditions. Whether you have many fillings, crowns or bridges, removable partial or full dentures, implants, braces, or other appliances in your mouth, there is a method or tool that will work for you.
2. Do flossing correctly at least once a day.
Make it a habit as brushing your teeth. At first, your gums might bleed as you dislodge chunks of food that have “stuck” to your teeth and gum for who knows how long. But take a second to smell the floss after you pass it through your teeth, if you dare. You’ll see (or smell) where the bad breath is coming from.
3. Keep your mouth moisturized. A dry mouth is a stinky mouth. That’s why your breath is worse in the morning; your mouth produces less saliva as you sleep. Saliva is the enemy of bad breath because not only does it physically wash bacteria and food particles away, but it also has antiseptic and enzymes that kill bacteria.
4. Do visit your dentist every six month for Check-up and clean to control the factors that lead to bad breath.
Also, to ensure fresh breath, have your teeth cleaned professionally, by us, on a regular basis. The goal here is not only to correct any disease-related problems but also to prevent any problems from beginning in the first place. Your bad breath problem does not have to be a chronic source of embarrassment. Most often it is a sign of a dental problem. The sooner it is treated, the easier and less expensive it will be to fix
The easily control Bad breath measure is by removal of food debris and plaque by yourself, but your dentist should be involved by removing of calculus; replacement of broken fillings causing a food trap; restoration of decay; and/or eliminating gum disease.