Suffer from Bad Breath?
Bad breath is medically known as Halitosis characterized by noticeably unpleasant odor emanating from the mouth or the oral cavity.
Statistics suggest that about 1 in 4 people suffer from Halitosis.
Bad Breath can often be a symptom of something else affecting the individual.
Most common causes resulting in halitosis include:
- Poor Oral Hygiene
- Food particles stuck in between teeth
- Certain foods like onion, garlic, etc
- Dry mouth
- Gum infections
- Certain medications
- Certain nose and throat infections
- Medical conditions like liver diseases
The above mentioned causative factors results in buildup of bacteria in the mouth, these bacteria release toxins responsible for bad breath.
Do I have bad breath? It is not easy to say for you to identify if you have bad breath or not, but easy for the person next to you. An easy way to check for Halitosis – Lick the inner part of your wrist with back of your tongue, wait for few seconds and let saliva dry. If your wrist smells unpleasant when you smell it, then it confirms bad breath.
Treatment of bad breath – After a detailed examination of your mouth, a dentist might prescribe you with one of the following treatments –
- medicated toothpastes and mouth rinses
- treatment of the underlying cause
- simple dental procedures like cleaning, scraping, etc.
Preventive steps for Bad breath – Bad breath is easy to prevent than to treat. Following these simple measures protects you from bad breath –
- Brush your teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste
- Floss your teeth after every meal
- Change toothbrush once in 2 to 3 months
- Drink lots of water
- Clean tongue thoroughly with tongue cleaner at least once a day
- Adjust your diet
- Visit dentist at regular intervals
- Chew handful of cloves or fennel seeds once a day
- Chew fresh mint once daily
- Rinse your mouth with water and a teaspoon full of baking soda
- Avoid brushing teeth 30 minutes after intake of acidic foods and hot beverages.
Bad breath is not just an oral cavity problem, it implies medical problem as well.
Remember to be well prepared.