What is Halitosis?

March 26, 2021 1

Halitosis or bad breath is a common condition that affects people everywhere, even those with good dental hygiene. Bad breath is a very embarrassing and unpleasant condition, and unfortunately some people with bad breath don’t even realize they have it.

Dry mouth, tobacco products and the food we eat can give is bad breath when we don’t realize it. Sometimes bad breath is a symptom of more serious conditions like diabetes, sinusitis, or a liver ailment.

Causes of bad breath

  • There are a few reasons why people have bad breath that you should be aware of. Here are a few things to avoid.
  • Certain foods that you eat affect the air you exhale and contribute to bad breath odor.
  • Food particles left in your mouth, between your teeth, on your tongue and around the gums can cause oral odors.
  • When the flow of saliva decreases, dry mouth occurs and can create an odor.
  • Bad breath can be formed by tobacco usage and smoking.
  • Medical disorder, such as a local infection in the respiratory tract, chronic sinusitis, postnasal drip, diabetes, liver or kidney ailments can produce halitosis.

How to treat Halitosis

If you suffer from bad breath, we want to recommend some ways to treat the unpleasant problem. There are several home remedies and tips that can treat bad breath, also known as halitosis. First off, we want to stress the fact of maintaining constant, good oral health because it is essential in reducing bad breath. Therefore, we recommend that you brush your teeth twice a day to remove food debris and plaque, and don’t forget to brush your tongue in the process. You should also floss daily to clean the food buildup between your teeth. Covering up your bad breath with mouthwash and breath fresheners will not have long-lasting effects, so it’s best not to depend on mouthwash to get rid of bad breath.

In addition to maintaining good dental hygiene at home, you should try to regularly get a professional dental cleaning and checkup. It’s important to inform us of your diet and medications, because those things play a role in bad mouth odor. If it’s time for an oral exam, give us a call and we can set up an appointment for you as soon as possible.

If you are experiencing bad breath but still can’t find the source of the problem, give us a call for some help!

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