Malodor, bad breath, or halitosis stinks both literally and metaphorically, yet it’s a common complaint among the general population. Combating bad breath must seem like a simple fix but there’s more to it than just brushing your teeth or using mouthwash. Before we look into what to do about bad breath, we should discuss what causes it.
What Causes Bad Breath?
Halitosis or bad breath can be caused by a number of issues.
FOOD: Food like garlic, onions, coffee, spicy or fragrant foods can leave your mouth less than fresh. Brush your teeth, chew sugar-free gum, or use mouthwash for a burst of freshness.
BACTERIA: Without proper brushing, flossing, and regular visits to the dentist, bacteria is not being removed from your mouth. The build-up of this sticky bacteria can lead to bad breath.
TOBACCO: Smoking and tobacco consumption can cause bad breath, create oral cancers, stain teeth and irritate your gums.
DENTAL ISSUES: Bad breath can be caused by dental issues such as gum disease or cavities. Crowded teeth or ill-fitting dental appliances can also cause bad breath. See your dentist to rule out any oral care issues as a culprit.
DRY MOUTH: Lack of saliva creates dry mouth, which may be a side effect of medications, smoking, or mouth breathing or it could be a symptom of an underlying health concern. Talk to your dentist about dry mouth for the best remedies for both dry mouth and resulting bad breath.
DISEASE: Infections or chronic inflammation in the nose, sinuses or throat, which can contribute to postnasal drip or even diabetes can cause bad breath..
Solution for Bad Breath
The best way to discover the underlying reason for bad breath is being honest about your lifestyle and habits with your dentist to create the best approach to getting rid of bad breath. Many times bad breath can be avoided by living a tobacco free life, keeping a good oral health care routine (brushing twice a day and flossing daily) and of course seeing your dentist at least twice a year.