Bad breath is an embarrassing and frustrating problem to deal with, but it is often easily remedied with simple changes to your diet and oral hygiene routine.
Bad breath is also known as halitosis or fetor oris. Bad breath is quite common and approximately 25 percent of the people are affected by this. Bad breath affects a person’s confidence and causes embarrassment. one in 4 persons may have bad breath on regular basis. When you don’t brush and floss effectively or regularly, tiny bits of food are left in between your teeth. Bacteria grow on it, producing sulfur by consuming it and making your breath smell foul.
What causes bad breath?
Bad breath is caused by various factors. Most of the time, the cause originates within your mouth. Some common reasons are as follows:
Food – certain foods that have a strong smell like garlic, or onion spicy food, and drinks may cause bad breath.
Bad oral hygiene – skipping brushing and flossing causes odor-causing bacteria to grow and cause bad breath.
Medical conditions – bad breath is also caused by some medical conditions like tonsillitis, acid reflux, kidney, liver, gastrointestinal or respiratory diseases, etc.
Tobacco products – consumption of tobacco products causes staining of teeth and also triggers bad breath.
Dental problems – dental problems such as periodontal disease also cause bad breath.
Dry mouth – dry mouth is a condition in which saliva is not produced enough thus mouth is unable to clean itself causing bad breath.
Dentures – improper cleaning of dentures also supports microbial growth and cause bad breath.
How bad breath can be prevented?
Though it sounds like a big issue, it may be reduced by taking good care of your oral hygiene practices and diet.
- Practice good oral hygiene, brush, and floss twice a day
- Use fluoride toothpaste.
- Swish mouth with water after every meal
- Replace your toothbrush after every 3 months for effective brushing.
- Use interdental toothbrushes to remove small food particles.
- Use mouthwash to remove bacteria and keep your gums healthy.
- Clean your tongue with a tongue cleaner. The layer that forms on the tongue is home to bad odor-causing bacteria
- Take a balanced diet and avoid food that causes bad breath like onions, garlic
- Keep your mouth moisturized as dry mouth triggers bad breath.
- Avoid sugary foods as bacteria grow on sugars and cause bad breath
- Keep your dental devices clean and if possible remove them at night
- Avoid the use of tobacco and nicotine-containing products.
- Visit your dentist at regular intervals.
Though there are several causes of bad breath still the main odor-causing bacteria is the main reason behind it. Bacteria are also the cause of other oral problems such as periodontitis, cavities, layer on the tongue, etc.
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