Bad Breath

Most people are not  aware wether they have bad breath or not. Do you have been told that you have bad breath. If yes ask your dentist if he or she can help you identify the cause of Bad breath.

 

Yes I have Bad breath. How can I get rid off my bad breath?

Bad breath is usually due to poor oral condition or hygiene. But their are also some other reasons for bad breath too. Your dentist may be able to find the exact cause of bad breath and may suggest the exact treatment plan for your bad breath. The most common reasons for bad breath are:

Food :

 Some spices and foods such as garlic, onion and alcohol contribute to breath odor.  The food containing these, when you eat is absorbed into your bloodstream and is transferred to your lungs. Your lungs process the air and this air absorbs the odor of chemicals in the food from the blood and carries it out as you exhale. Brushing, flossing and mouthwash are only temporarily solutions for this cause. The odor will continue until the body eliminates the food remaining inside the body.

Occasional Brushing and Flossing :

 Neglecting daily flossing and brushing causes food particles to remain inside your mouth, facilitating   bacteria to grow and decaying of tooth which also expels foul air. This also causes bad breath. Food particles typically collect between your teeth and on your tongue and around your gums. This food rots and expels foul air.

Dry mouth (Xerostomia) :

Dry mouth is a condition of mouth which is caused by ageing or any disease resulting in damage to salivary glands or Bad oral habits which result in reduced salivary production. Dry mouth occurs when the production of saliva is decreases for any  reason in your mouth. Most people are unaware that saliva actually cleans the mouth and remove particles that cause odor or tooth decay.  Other reasons for dry mouth may include taking medications, problems with salivary gland  or breathing through the mouth continuously. Ask your dentist, if you are unsure if you suffer from dry mouth. Your dentist may suggest various alternatives including an artificial saliva supplement, using sugarless candy, or by increasing your fluid intake.

Use of Tobacco :

 Not only  can cause bad breath, But it may be harmful on your mouth and body in multiple ways including like increased chances of having oral cancer. Ask your dentist for tips ceasing completely the use of tobacco. Tobacco remain attached to tooth surface many years and harbors bacteria to grow and damages the gingival  tissue resulting in mobility or teeth and bad breath. 

Medical Disorder :

 Bad breath may also be caused by a local infection in your respiratory tract, postnasal drip, chronic sinusitis, chronic bronchitis, diabetes, gastrointestinal disturbance, liver or kidney ailment. If your dentist determines that your mouth is healthy, he or she may refer you to a doctor or a specialist to further investigate the cause of  your bad breath.

Schedule regular Dental visits for a professional cleaning and checkup.

 Also brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste to remove food debris and plaque specially  before bad time at night. Do not forget to floss your teeth too And finally, brush your tongue.  Floss twice a day to clean the plaque which start settling down from inter-dental spaces to rest of tooth surface.

Truth about mouthwash: 

 Most of  mouthwash, marketed these days act as mouth fresheners. They are nothing to do with oral hygiene or killing bacteria that is causing bad breath. they just hide the bad odor coming from your mouth. As soon as they are depleted you start feeling bad breath again. If you are using a breath freshener regularly to hide unpleasant  odor of your mouth. Immediately  talk to your dentist. He or she may recommend you a medicated mouthwash to prevent tooth decay or decrease plaque build-up for longer period and thus decreasing bad breath too for a longer per

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