Halitosis -Chronic Bad Breath

 

Bad breath is a condition where you can smell the offensive odor coming from your mouth and so can others. You may have suffered from bad breath occasionally due to eating strong smelling food that usually goes away after brushing, use of a mouth spray, chewing gum or breath mints. When bad breath becomes chronic and severe it is known as halitosis.

 

 

What are the causes of bad breath?

 

 Many factors singly or in combination may be responsible for bad breath, among them being

 

 

  • Poor oral hygiene

  • Cavities or dental problems

  • Gum diseases like gingivitis or periodontal disease

  • Tonsillitis, nasal drip, sinusitis

  • Stomach problems including acid reflux disease

  • Lactose intolerance

  • Diabetes

  • Smoking and alcohol

  • Cancer

  • Some medicines

  • Dentures

  • Dry mouth

  • Fasting or crash diets

  • Poor diet

If you have any of these problems you may well know the cause of your bad breath and it may be temporary. Otherwise, you need a diagnosis of the problem and the appropriate treatment of the underlying condition to get rid of the bad breath.

 

 

How to get rid of bad breath?

 

The first aim is to prevent bad breath. It is vitally important that you maintain oral hygiene. If you have not visited the dentist in a long time or you don’t go for regular dental check-ups, then do schedule a visit to your dentist. He or she can check your mouth and teeth and see if there are reasons for the bad breath that can occur due to tooth decay or ill-fitting dentures or spaces between your teeth where bacteria collect. If you have any dental problems that can cause bad breath, then you need treatment.

 

Sometimes a professional cleaning will help restore your mouth freshness. Make sure that you:

 

  • Use the correct brushing technique.

  • Change your toothbrush every 3-4 months.

  • Floss at least once a day.

  • Use a tongue cleaner.

  • Make it a habit to use a mouthwash after lunch to get rid of food particles.

  • Get specially formulated toothpaste to combat bad breath.

 

 

All these will go a long way in preventing bad breath. In case this does not work, you may need to go to a doctor who will check if you have any other underlying physiological cause for the bad breath.

 

 

Diet and nutrition in bad breath

 

You know that if you eat strong-smelling foods like garlic, you may have bad breath. At the same time you know that if you chew some mint leaves, your breath feels fresher. So there is a definite connection between diet and nutrition and bad breath. Some of the foods that can worsen bad breath are

  • Raw onions

  • Garlic

  • Coffee

  • Carbonated drinks

  • Spicy foods

  • Strong smelling seafood

 

 

If you have a tendency to suffer from bad breath, do avoid these foods as far as possible. At the same time ensure that your diet is rich in natural and whole foods and fruits that will help keep your mouth and teeth in good condition.

Bad breath or halitosis can affect your work life, dent your self-confidence and affect your social life, so get the treatment that you need.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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