Bad breath is also known as Halitosis.
Many people suffer from bad breath. The bad smell in the breath often originates in the mouth, the digestive system or the respiratory system.
Bad breath can be a temporary or long-lasting condition.
Usual causes for bad breath are:
- Food rich in Garlic and Onions or other substances with a strong odour or taste.
- Poor oral hygiene.
- Gum disease (Periodontitis).
- Respiratory system infections such as sinusitis, throat infections or lung infections.
- Stomach infections.
- Other systemic infections.
- Dry mouth.
People with bad breath are usually not aware of it. Even the closest family members, partners or friends find it difficult to tell the affected person about it.
Your dentist may point it out during a routine examination, especially if the underlying reason is bad oral hygiene or a more advanced gum disease.
In this case, the bad breath is treatable and disappears when the plaque and the deep pockets around the teeth are cleaned properly.
If the bad breath is not originated in the mouth, you should consult your doctor to investigate further.
Tips for better breath:
- Brush your teeth twice or three times a day. Concentrate on the gum-tooth margin where the plaque usually starts to build up.
- Floss regularly or use interdental brushes on a daily basis. Leave some toothpaste in your mouth and floss. This will make you feel fresher and get the toothpaste between the teeth.
- Brush the tongue.
- Visit the dentist regularly especially if you have a history of gum disease in the family.
- Use a mouthwash, but remember mouthwashes will not treat the underlying cause of bad breath.
- Chewing sugar-free gum. This works especially if you experience bad breath linked to a dry mouth.