Halitosis or bad breath is a condition that affects the general public up to 35% of the population in various circles. Halitosis is usually caused by poor oral hygiene conditions, infections of the mouth, gums and mouth disorders, food and drinks, constipation and medication. It can be cured through proper diagnosis and treatment.
Halitosis is usually caused by oral bacteria and as a result, release unpleasant odors. Rarely maintain oral hygiene, such as brushing or flossing your teeth, allowing the developing of oral bacteria. leftovers rotting in the mouth and between the teeth can cause bad odor too. Brushing at least twice a day and flossing can take away food leftovers in the mouth and between the teeth.
- Mouth disorders such as gum disease and tooth decay can also cause halitosis. To fight bad breath caused by gum and tooth problems, consult with your dentist and have the problem sorted out. Halitosis caused by mouth infection (sore mouth) and throat infections (tonsillitis and sore throat) will be lost when the infection is cured
2. In addition, the food and beverages we consume through the mouth can cause bad breath. Raw garlic can leave pungent odor and may blend in with the breath. The same applies to alcoholic beverages and cigars / cigarettes. Chewing gum and candy menthol flavor can help to sweeten breath and mask the smell.
Food allergy or intolerance can cause bad breath. Feeling bloated and full all the time as your stomach creates gas, which, withdraws in your mouth, causing odor. The best solution is to avoid the food that causes allergy symptoms.
3. Patients with constipation may also cause halitosis. Waste in the stomach build up in the body can cause back production of gas that are being eliminated through the breath. Bad breath caused by constipation should disappear when passing stools became normal. Diets high in fiber helps bowel to function regularly. Patients should exercise regularly and drink plenty of water.
4. Medication can also induce bad breath because of the chemicals in some medications. Patients undergoing long-term treatment can request a doctor’s advice if it would be possible to get a replacement drug. For patients in the short-term treatment, chewing parsley or mint to sweeten the breath seems to be a better solution.
5. Sleeping with open mouth also cause halitosis. This can be observed if your breath is worst in the morning after waking up. Open mouth reduces saliva which freshens your mouth and therefore encourages bad breath to develop. If your nasal problems that cause you breath through your mouth, you need to see your doctor for some advice.