Top Tips For Bad Breath (Halitosis)

Bad breath, also called Halitosis, is the commonest condition that appears in all age groups.

What Causes Bad Breath?

Certain foods, health conditions and habits, are the causes of bad breath, which include.

  • Food
Eating onions, garlic and spices can cause bad breath. Once these foods and smelly oils are digested, they would penetrate into your blood. From there, it would travel to your lungs and come up to your breath when you open your mouth. The smell could linger up to five days. 
  • Tobacco products
Smoking causes unpleasant mouth odour. 
  • Poor dental hygiene
    • Poor dental hygiene causes periodontal disease which can also cause bad breath.
    • If you don't brush and floss daily, the food particle would remain in your mouth and absorb bacteria. 
    • Your tongue also can trap bacteria that produce odours.
    • Dentures that aren't cleaned regularly or don't fit properly can cause more bacteria and food particles.
  • Dry mouth
Saliva plays a role of cleaning your mouth. When you don't have any saliva circulating inside your mouth, the dead cells would gather on your tongue and cause dry mouth. As soon as the dead cells are accumulated, they would deteriorate and cause a foul smell inside the mouth. 
This condition would happen when the person is sleeping. If you sleep with your mouth open, you are more prone to having a dry mouth. The moment you wake up in the morning, it could also cause 'morning breath' problems. 
  • Infections in your mouth
Bad breath can be caused by tooth decay, gum disease, mouth sores or tooth extraction.
  • Other mouth, nose and throat conditions
    • Bad breath can also happen when the person has certain allergies. Sinus infections would cause a nasal discharge. It would go from the back of your throat and causes a bad bread.
    • Bad breath could also cause by certain upper respiratory ailments which can contribute to postnasal drip. 
  • Other causes
    • Some cancers, metabolic disorders, chronic reflux (GERD) and digestion issues including constipation can be associated with bad breath.
    • Bad breath in young children can be caused by a piece of food, lodged in a nostril [1]
    • Chronic lung ailments including infections and abscesses could cause bad breath.
    • Chronic kidney failure could have an urine-like odour.
    • Diabetes could have a fruity odour.

How to Get Rid of Bad Breath?

  • Oral Hygiene 
    • Floss at least once a day. Flossing is an important part of oral hygiene because it helps remove food particles and plaque.
    • Brush your teeth after you eat. Bring your toothbrush and toothpaste to work and brush your teeth at work after eating
    • Brush every part of your mouth. Use a soft bristle toothbrush to brush your tongue or use a tongue scraper to clean your tongue. Try to go as far back into the mouth as you can without gagging. Most of the bacteria are towards the back of the tongue.
    • Clean your dentures. If you wear dentures, you need to make sure that they are cleaned thoroughly at least once a day. 
    • Regular Dentist Checkup. Make sure that you see a dentist to have your teeth checked and cleaned twice a year. 
    • Fill your cavities. 
If you have cavities in your teeth, quickly make an appointment with your dentist to have them filled. Cavities are an opening to allow bacteria in. This in turn, causes bad breath. 
    • Rinse your mouth with water. 
After eating a meal, swish water in your mouth to get rid of certain food particles that were stuck in your teeth.
  • Use Natural Oral Hygiene Remedies. Try to use baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, antiseptic tree oil or eucalyptus oil can be also very helpful to sanitize your mouth. Simply add a little oil on your toothbrush. 
  • Sanitize Your Toothbrush. Soaking your toothbrush in a glass of hydrogen peroxide water (1 part hydrogen peroxide and 10 parts water) to ensure that your toothbrush is bacteria-free. Make sure to rinse your toothbrush well before using.
  • Use Fresh Parsley Or Small Mint. Chew some fresh mint leaves or fresh parsley to reduce the smell of your breath. 
  • Drink plenty of water. 

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