Bad breath, or halitosis, can be a major problem and quite disturbing when speaking with friends or snuggling with your lover. It can occur on occasion, or it can be a chronic condition.
But we we good news: halitosis can often be prevented with some simple steps.
Bad breath is caused by odor-producing bacteria that grow in the mouth. When you don’t brutsh and floss regularly, bacteria accumulate on the bits of food left in your mouth and between your teeth. The sulfur compounds released by these bacteria make your breath smell.
There are five major causes of bad breath:
1. Poor dental hygiene: neglecting daily brushing and flossin of teeth results in bad breath and decay of teeth
2. Dry mouth: when the body does not produce enough saliva that helps moisten and cleanse the mouth
3. Health problems like diabetes, stomach and kidney disease, acid reflux
4. Mouth infections: cavities, gum disease (also called gingivitis and periodontal disease), or impacted teeth may cause bad breath
5. Tobacco products: smoking and chewing tobacco often leave chemicals that remain in the mouth
How can be bad breath treated?
Depending on the cause treatment of bad breath varies:
Brush twice and floss teeth daily. Remember to brush the tongue, too.
See a dentist regularly (minimum once a year) where the dentist check your mouth, teeth tongue and provide mouth cancer screening
Have your plaque removed at least once – or often if indicated by dental hygienist or dentist – a year
Stop smoking or using chewing tobacco
Keep the mouth moist by drinking water and chewing sugarless gum or sugar-free hard candy to stimulate the production of saliva
Mouthwash may temporarily mask bad breath odors, but it may not treat the underlying cause.
For more facts on bad breath read this infographic:
source: Sane Dentist Blog