Halitosis is known with the name of bad breath. It is in the form of a smell or odour that is unpleasant on your breath that can be detected easily by others. Having a bad breath that has negative effects on your relationships, social situations, your romantic life and friendships. There are times that can devastate first impression on the person. It can even sue interviews, dates and interactions with colleagues in the office. Few people are not even aware that their mouth is stinking till some one tells them. Many people are reluctant to do so.
Causes of bad breath
Below are mentioned few factors that can lead to bad breath:
- Foods like garlic, onions and coffee can cause bad breath
- Chewing tobacco and smoking cigarettes can cause foul breath
- Few medications also results in bad smell
- Dry mouth
- Poor oral hygiene
- The underlying medical conditions (e.g. acid reflux disease),
- Diseases like diabetes and liver disease can cause foul smile.
- Periodontal disease (gum disease, or gingivitis)
How to prevent bad breath
In most of the cases, it is good practice oral hygiene and going regularly to the dentist in order to prevent any dental disease or bad breath.
Tips to help get rid of bad breath:
- Regular flossing and brushing your teeth is very important. It is advisable to brush twice every day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste.
- Make it a habit to clean the surface of the tongue while you brush your teeth as the bacteria tends to accumulate on the tongue, that results in bad breath.
- Try to use a mouthwash that contains an anti-bacterial agent 1-2 times per day after flossing and brushing to kill the bacteria that causes odour and helps in freshening breath and improve your oral hygiene overall.
- Chew sugar-free gum after meals or snacks to help clear your mouth of odour-causing bacteria.
- Drink plenty of water during and after meals & snacks to help rinse food particles and bacteria from your mouth.
- Quit smoking and/or the use of all tobacco products, as tobacco can cause foul breath as well as other oral hygiene and health problems (periodontal disease, gingivitis, dry mouth or oral cancer).
- Minimize the amount of alcohol you consume, as alcohol can cause dry mouth.
- Add more fruits and vegetables to your diet, as the fibrous quality of these foods can help naturally remove odour-causing plaque from your teeth.
- Minimize the amount of coffee and odour-causing foods you consume (e.g. onions, garlic, certain spices), as these are difficult to eliminate from your breath.
Don’t suffer the consequences of having bad breath – try these helpful tips. If you still face any problem, do schedule an appointment with our specialist Dr. Amit Garg.