Halitosis is the medical term for bad breath and is a problem that each of us might have experienced at some point or another. Having bad breath is not only embarrassing but may also point towards a more serious dental problem such as gum disease or tooth decay.
Bad breath is primarily caused by bacteria present in our mouth, often on the tongue, tonsils or throat area. These bacteria produce a foul-smelling compound while breaking down the proteins present in food, blood, or diseased oral tissue, leading to a bad odor. Bad breath is also caused by certain medications that lead to dry mouth. This creates the perfect breeding ground for the oral bacteria to multiply. If you don’t have a proper dental care regime, bacterial buildup can aggravate your halitosis condition.
The treatment for bad breath depends upon the cause. If your bad breath is caused by is poor dental hygiene, a professional dental cleaning followed by maintenance of good home care can help freshen your breath. If it is being caused by gum disease, then a deep dental cleaning called scaling and root planing is performed to help heal periodontal infection. For people suffering from dry mouth, proper hydration is advised, and mouth rinses are prescribed.
You can also follow simple and effective home care tips listed below to help address bad breath:
- Eat a healthy diet including fruits and vegetables.
- Maintain good oral hygiene and clean your tongue, the roof of your mouth and your inner cheeks while brushing.
- Prevent dry mouth with chewing gum, lozenges, or mints that are sugar-free.
- Visit a dental office regularly for checkups and cleanings.
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