Halitosis, or bad breath, is a common condition in both adults and children. It is frequently induced by food breakdown in the mouth, which can be impacted further by meals with strong odors. While brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash might give temporary relief, the odor will not go away until the meals are digested and expelled from the body. Learn more about bad breath from a dentist at Alpine Dental Center.
What causes bad breath?
Poor breath or poor taste in the mouth might be signs of gum disease, which is caused by plaque accumulation and bacterial toxins that irritate the gums. Gum and jawbone damage can occur if gum disease is not managed. Other dental reasons for foul breath include poorly fitting dental equipment, yeast infections in the mouth, and cavities.
Poor dental hygiene, particularly insufficient brushing, and flossing, causes food particles and germs to accumulate in the mouth, resulting in foul breath. Unpleasant odors might also come from poor denture hygiene. Furthermore, smoking or using tobacco products can discolor teeth, impair taste, and irritate the gums, in addition to contributing to foul breath.
A dry mouth, which can be caused by medication side effects or mouth breathing, can contribute to foul breath by enabling decaying cells to accumulate. Allergies, lung infections, sinus troubles, diabetes, acid reflux, gastrointestinal disorders, and liver or kidney problems can all contribute to foul breath.
What should you do?
Brushing and flossing frequently will help you get rid of foul breath. Replace your toothbrush every 2 to 3 months and use fluoride toothpaste. After eating, rinse your mouth with mouthwash or water to eliminate germs and food particles.
Scrape your tongue, avoid foods that promote bad breath, chew sugarless gum or use xylitol mints, maintain your gums healthy with antiseptic mouthwash, remain hydrated, clean dental equipment correctly, and see your dentist on a regular basis to prevent bad breath. Quit smoking or chewing tobacco, eat more fruits and vegetables, and keep a diet and medicine journal for your dentist to go over.
If you have decent oral health but still have foul breath, see your dentist to rule out any oral problems. They may recommend you to a doctor or specialist to detect and treat the underlying cause of the odour, which might be drugs or medical disorders such as diabetes or allergies. Work with them to manage your entire health in order to receive appropriate therapy.