Most people are not aware whether they have bad breath or not. Because they live it with 24 hours a day they usually think that this is their normal breath. Untill someone else tell them that they have bad breath. Did somebody told you that you have bad breath ? if yes , ask your dentist if he or she can help you to identify the cause of your bad breath.
Yes I Have Bad Breath ! How can i get rid of my bad breath?
Mostly, The Bad breath is due to poor oral condition or hygeine or some decaying tooth. But their are also some other reason for bad breath too. The most common reason of bad breath are :
Different types of food ingradients may cause a bad odour from mouth but for a short period only. as soon as they are removed from the body the odour disappears. Such food includes some spices and food like Garlic, onion and alcohol those contribute to bad breath odour. The food containing these items, when you eat, is absorbed into your blood stream and is transfered to your lungs. Your lung exchanges Carbon di oxide from blood stream with oxygen from inhaled air. The air exchanged at this time also exchanged with the foul odour from blood stream. Brushing , flossing and mouth wash are only temporary solutions in this case.The odour will continue untill the body completely eleminates the food remaining inside the body.
Occassional Brushing & Flossing:
Main cause of bad breath remais negligence of daily brushing and flossing. In such cases the bad odour of breath remains the whole day becauses the food particles which struck in your teeth facillitate bacterial growth and enhencing decaying of tooth. This process of decaying of food and tooth also expels foul air due to degradation of food inside mouth. Food particles typically collect between your teeth and on your tounge and arround your gums. This food rots and expels foul air causing bad breath.
Dry Mouth( Xerostomia):
Dry mouth is a condition of mouth caused by ageing or any disease resulting in damage to salaviry glands or bad oral habbits like use of tobacco, resulting in reduced salivary production. Dry mouth occurs when the production of saliva is decreases for any reason in your mouth. Most people are unaware of the fact that saliva actually cleans the mouth and remove food particles and bacterial that causes bad odour or tooth decay.
Other reason of dry mouth may include taking medication , problems in salivary gland or breathing through the mouth. Ask your dentist If you are unsure that you suffer from dry mouth. Your dentist may suggest various alternative including artificial salivary supplement, using sugarless candy or by increasing your fluid intake.
Use of tobacco:
In india tobacco is the main reason behind the poor oral hygeine. Tobacco not only can cause bad breath , but it may also harm your mouth and body in multiple ways including increased chances of having oral cancer. Ask your dentist for tips to cease the completly use of tobacco. Tobacco remain attached to tooth serface many years and harbours bacteria to grow and damages the gingival tissue resulting in mobility and bad breath.
Bad breath may also be caused by:
- local infection of respiratory tract
- post nasal drip
- chronic sinusitis,
- chronic brochitis,
- gastro-intestinal disturbances
- live or kidney Infections.
If your dentist determines that your mouth is healthy but stil you have bad breath then he/she may refer you to a specialist to further investigate the cause of bad breath.
Shedule Regular Dental Visits for professional cleaning and checkup to keep your mouth and teeth heathy.
Also Brush twice a day with fluoride paste to remove food debris and plaque specially before bed time at night. Do not forget to floss your teeth every day and finally brush your tounge too. Floss twice a day to clean the plaque which start settleing down from inter dental spaces to rest of tooth surface.
Truth about mouth wash:
Most of mouth wash marketed these day act as mouth freshner. they are nothing to do with oral hygein or killing bacteria that is causing bad breath . They just hide the bad odour comimg through your mouth. As soon as they are depleted you start felling bad breath again. If you are using a breath freshener regularly to hide unpleasent odour of your mouth , immediatly talk to your dentist. He/she may recommand you to use of medicated mouth wash to prevent tooth decay and decrease in plaque buildup and thus decreasing the bad breath for longer period. We recommand any mouth wash containing Chlorhexidine .02% which is best oral anti-microbial agent.