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A. Bad breath, medically called halitosis can be embarrassing and in some cases, may even cause anxiety. Concern about bad breath is the third most common reason people seek dental care, after tooth decay and gum disease.
Bad breath is often caused by buildup of bacteria in your mouth that causes inflammation and gives off noxious odours. Everyone has nasty smell at sometime like when you get out of bed in the morning
Causes of bad breath
Odour Causing Food. Foods with strong odors affect the air exhaled by the individual who consumes those foods. Foods commonly known to contribute to bad breath include onions and garlic, exotic spices (such as curry), some cheeses, fish, and acidic beverages such as coffee. These foods may also cause stomach and gastrointestinal upset and belching, which can contribute to bad breath. In addition, certain supplements, such as fish oil capsules, can contribute to bad breath.
Dieting. Low-carbohydrate diets may cause what is known as "ketone breath." During "Low carb" diets, the body to burn fat as its energy source. This results in the ketones, which cause a fruity acetone-like odor on the breath when exhaled.
Morning Breath. Saliva flow almost stops during sleep resulting in reduced cleansing action. This allows bacteria to grow causing bad odour.
Poor oral hygiene. When a person does not brush or floss their teeth thoroughly, food particles that may remain in the mouth can rot and cause foul odors. These food particles over time can promote the growth of bacteria, which can also cause foul odors. The bacteria can also lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
Dry Mouth or Xerostomia. Dry mouth may be caused by medications, breathing through the mouth, or salivary gland problems.
Tobacco Products. These dry the mouth, causing bad breath. Additionally, smoking or chewing tobacco-based products can stain teeth, irritate gum tissue, and exacerbate tooth decay.
Dentures and Dental Appliances. Bad breath can be caused if food particles are not properly cleaned from the dental appliances. Ill-fitting appliances can cause sores and infections which can also lead to bad breath.
Medical conditions. Diseases, such as some cancers, and conditions such as metabolic disorders, can cause a distinctive breath odor as a result of chemicals they produce. Chronic reflux of stomach acids (gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD) can be associated with bad breath. Bad breath can also come from stones that form in the tonsils which are covered with bacteria that produce odour. Chronic inflammation of nose, sinuses or throat can also cause bad breath due to postnasal drip.
Gum or Periodontal Disease. Food that gets stuck between inflamed gums causes bacteria that cause odour
Prevention and Treatment of Bad Breath
Practice Good Oral Hygiene. Brush your teeth with fluoride-containing toothpaste at least twice a day, especially after meals. Toothpaste with antibacterial properties has been shown to reduce bad breath odours. Flossing at least once a day helps remove food particles stuck between teeth, which helps control bad breath. Brush your tongue which harbours bacteria. A tongue scraper may help individuals who smoke or have a coated tongue.
Clean dentures or dental appliances. If you wear a bridge or a denture, thoroughly clean it, at least once a day or as directed by your dentist. Retainers and mouth guards should be cleaned thoroughly before putting it into your mouth. Your dentist can recommend the best cleaning product.
Avoid dry mouth. Drink plenty of water and avoid tobacco. For those people who suffer from dry mouth due to diseases and/or medications, your dentist can prescribe prescribe an artificial saliva preparation or an oral medication that stimulates the flow of saliva.
Adjust your diet. Avoid foods such as onions and garlic that can cause bad breath. Eating a lot of sugary foods is also linked with bad breath.
Get a new toothbrush regularly. Change your toothbrush about every three to four months, and choose a soft-bristled toothbrush.
Schedule regular dental checkups. See your dentist on a regular basis — generally twice a year — to have your teeth or dentures examined and cleaned.
If you have bad breath, review your oral hygiene habits and if needed, make some changes to improve your oral hygiene. Additionally, drink plenty of water and give up smoking and chewing tobacco, if you do.
If your bad breath persists after making such changes, see your dentist. Your dentist may refer you to your physician if he/she suspects a more serious condition.
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