Halitosis is an oral health condition characterized by consistently odorous breath. Often identifying the cause of bad breath is the first step toward treating this preventable condition.
What causes bad breath?
There are just as many causes of bad breath as there are sources of bacteria in the mouth. Halitosis may be caused by the following:
The things you eat contribute largely to your oral health care, including your breath. Items such as garlic and onions, or any food, are absorbed into the bloodstream, become transferred into the lungs, and become expelled in the air you breathe. Until that food becomes eliminated by the body, the potential for it affecting a person’s breath is present.
Poor oral health care
Without proper and consistent brushing and flossing, and routine examinations by your dentist, food remains in the mouth, which is a breeding ground for bacteria, which, in turn, causes odorous breath. Food that is allowed to collect on the teeth, gums, and tongue may cause the gums to rot, which causes an unpleasant odor and taste in the mouth.
Improper cleaning of dentures
Dentures that are not cleaned properly may be collecting bacteria and remaining food particles which cause bad breath.
One of the primary symptoms of this gum disease is foul, odorous breath, and an unpleasant taste in the mouth. This condition requires immediate care by an oral health professional.
Treatment for halitosis:
Specific treatment for halitosis will be determined by your physician or dentist based on:
1. The health of your mouth
2. The cause or origin of the condition
3. Extent of the condition
4. Your tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies
5. Your opinion or preference
Bad Breath (Halitosis) Cure
1. Bad breath is avoided by maintaining proper dental hygiene. The common dental guidelines must be followed. The following are the most important points:-
2. The teeth must be brushed at least twice a day, once in the morning when we wake up and once in the night before retiring to bed.
3. Special attention must be paid while brushing, to the interspaces between the teeth and the last molar teeth in the upper as well as the lower jaw.
4. Any embedded food particle in the teeth must be extricated with toothpicks.
5. The tongue should be cleaned daily with a tongue cleaner.
6. Mints and other such mouth fresheners should be used regularly. These kill the bacteria and prevent the odors.
Home Remedies for Bad Breath
1. Brush your teeth with baking soda first, then rinse out your mouth with plain or warm, salty water. Follow this with regular toothpaste and you are on your way.
2. Floss your teeth daily. The gunk (plaque) between your teeth may be causing your bad breath.
3. Scrape your tongue with a spoon or one of those specially designed tongue scrapers. Get as far back on your tongue as possible to scrape off the offending bacteria.
4. Rinse your mouth out with a little lemon or lime juice mixed with water.
5. Brush your tongue when you brush your teeth and after meals too. The tongue is like a lint catcher and it has to be cleaned off every so often to get that nice aroma to come through.
6. Chew on some fresh parsley or alfalfa, especially after eating garlic, onions, or fish. The chlorophyll in these two plants kills the offensive bacteria in your oral cavity.
7. Drink green tea. And it doesn’t hurt to swish it around in your mouth before you swallow it: it will kill the harmful bacteria in your mouth.
8. Avoid eating cheese, milk, products containing yeast, garlic, onions, and any other odorous food.