Bad breath?

We all know what bad breath is and we’ve all been embarrassed at some point in our life on our own. But what causes bad breath? Ever thought of it? Knowing and understanding what causes bad breath can help you prevent it and the embarrassment that comes with it. Let’s try to understand a little bit about it.

The medical term for it is Halitosis and it can by caused by various issues.

1. Dental issues and bacteria in oral cavity-Bad breath can be caused by dental issues such as gum disease or cavities. Crowded teeth or ill-fitting dental appliances can lock in deposits. Without proper brushing, flossing, and regular visits to the dentist, bacteria are not being removed from your mouth. The build-up of these sticky bacteria can lead to bad breath. By the following brushing twice a day, flossing daily and routine visits to the dentist, you can keep bacteria in check.

2. Dry mouth- Lack of saliva creates dry mouth, which may be a side effect of medications; smoking, mouth breathing or it could also be a symptom of an underlying health issue. Talk to your dentist about dry mouth for the best remedies for both dry mouth and resulting bad breath.

3. Tobacco-Smoking is one of the most common causes of bad breath and not only that, but they can cause oral cancers, stain teeth and irritate your gums. And in this case, the only solution is to consider a tobacco-free lifestyle to reduce its negative effects.

4. Food- Some of the foods we consume can cause bad breath but mostly it’s temporary. Garlic, onions, coffee, meat or a certain type of drinks can leave back their scent causing bad breath. Now, this is not going to stay long, brushing your teeth or using a mouth wash will free you from upcoming embarrassment.

5. Gastric issues-like back flow of the food or contents of the stomach back to the oesophagus which will cause heartburn, damaged teeth due to stomach acids, bad breath, acidic taste etc. consulting with the doctor will help you get through this.

6-Other Diseases- tonsillitis, respiratory issues and even diabetes can result in bad breath. Your doctor may prescribe medication for these conditions which may make the mouth dry, and resulting bad breath worse. Talking to your doctor is important in this case Treatment?

The best way to discover the underlying reason for bad breath is to consult with your dentist first. Most of the times bad breath can be avoided by living a tobacco-free life, maintaining good oral care routine by brushing twice a day and flossing daily and of course, seeing your dentist at least twice a year..