What can cause bad breath, how to prevent it, what the treatments are?
Bad breath is one of the most unpleasant oral hygiene problems since, in the vast majority of cases who have unpleasant mouth odors, they are unaware of it! Moreover, it’s very uncomfortable to talk about something like that, even to a close family member.
Bad mouth-odor is a result of poor oral hygiene habits. In medical terminology, its name is halitosis: the tongue and the gum harbor many bacteria due to unhealthy eating habits. Infections also occur in the mouth due to unhealthy habits like smoking and drinking alcohol.
Bad breath can cause by dry mouth, systemic diseases like kidney, liver, and lung diseases, diabetes, fasting, low-carbohydrate foods, Inflammation or infections in the nose, throat, or sinuses, etc. It can even cause gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) due to the reflux of stomach acids. Certain medications reduce saliva and release chemicals in the breath. It can be a warning sign of gum diseases as well.
People believe that Bad breath comes from the stomach. Adults believe that if they face lousy mouth odor issues, their children will also face it. People strongly believe that dental hygiene means brushing twice a day, and rinsing with a mouthwash will also control bad breath.
It’s not necessary to worry so much about your bad breath. Developing a mouth odor is normal and is caused by dental plaque, food debris, and the development of gingivitis. It can be assessed by keeping your hand over the nose and hand and breath or considering visiting a dental professional. However, it’s not true that Bad breath comes from the stomach, and there is no connection of it being hereditary; it is preventable.
- Make sure you have no bad teeth in your mouth.
- Keep your gums healthy and non-inflammatory.
- Use a mouthwash to kill the nasty breath germs and odor-causing components in certain foods.
- Increase water intake and limit caffeinated, alcoholic, sugary, and acidic juices and drinks.
- Flossing can clean the tight spaces beneath the gum lines where the toothbrush sometimes misses to reach.
- Regular dental check-ups and professional cleaning can also help maintain dental hygiene.
- The polyphenols present in Green Tea as well can freshen up your breath.
Maintaining good oral hygiene is essential from an infant to an adult. Bad breath is easily treatable if you take proper care of the teeth, visit your dentist regularly, floss, and brush your teeth. If you are wearing braces and facing lousy breath issues, it is due to the food getting stuck in them. In such a case, you must consult an orthodontist.
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