Bad breath or halitosis isn’t something to ignore. Almost everyone experiences bad breath once in a while. But for some people, bad breath is a daily problem. Most of the people are not aware of their own halitosis and learn about it from a relative, friend or coworker, causing some degree of discomfort and distress.
Facts on bad breath
- Bad breath is a common problem that can cause significant psychological distress.
- It is the third most common reason that people seek dental care after tooth decay and gum diseases.what
What causes bad breath?
Bad breath can originate both outside and inside of the mouth. It is typically caused by bacteria present on the teeth and debris on the tongue. So it’s no surprise that most cases of halitosis are associated with poor oral hygiene. Other causes are as follows:-
Food and beverages:
Foods are absorbed into your blood stream and move to the lungs, affecting the air you exhale. Common offenders are:
- Soda or orange juice
- Certain spices
Saliva is needed to cleanse the mouth. If you don’t have enough of it, simply having a dry mouth can cause bad breath.
- Liver or kidney diseases
- Sinus infection
- Gastrointestinal problems
PREVENTION AND TREATMENT
………. Prevention is always better than cure ……….!
Best method to reduce halitosis is good oral hygiene. That means brushing your teeth at least twice a day followed up with flossing to reach those places the brush doesn’t. Don’t forget to schedule cleanings with dentist every six months. Our team at Dr. Krinita Motwani’s dental clinic provides additional ideas on how to maintain fresh breath.