HALITOSIS(MOUTH ODOR)

Breath odor affects everyone at some point. Bad breath is also known as halitosis or fetor oris. Odor can come from the mouth, teeth, or as a result of an underlying health problem. Bad breath odor can be a temporary problem or a chronic condition.

 CAUSES BREATH ODOR?

*Poor Dental Hygiene: Bacteria breaks down food particles trapped in the teeth or mouth. The combination of the bacteria and decaying food in your mouth produces an unpleasant odor. Brushing and flossing regularly removes trapped food before it decays.

*Brushing also removes plaque, a sticky substance that builds up on your teeth and causes odor. Plaque buildup can cause cavities and periodontal disease. Bad breath also can be a problem if you wear dentures and don’t clean them every night.

*Spicy foods and beverages: When you eat onions, garlic, or other foods with strong odors, your stomach absorbs oils from the foods during digestion. These oils pass into your bloodstream and travel to your lungs. This produces an odor that others can notice in your breath for up to 72 hours. Drinking beverages with strong odors, such as coffee, can also contribute to bad breath.

*Smoking: Smoking cigarettes or cigars causes a bad odor and dries out your mouth, which can make your breath odor even worse.

*Poor oral health: When a person does not brush or floss his/her teeth regularly, food particles remaining in the mouth can rot and cause bad odors. Poor dental care can lead to a buildup of plaque in the mouth, which causes an odor of its own. Plaque buildup on the teeth can also lead to an unhealthy condition called periodontal (gum) disease. When plaque hardens, it is referred to as tartar (calculus). Tartar holds bacteria that can irritate the gums and lead to gum disease. The mild form of gum disease is called gingivitis; if gingivitis is not treated, it can advance to periodontitis.

*Health problems: Sinus infections, pneumonia, sore throat (pharyngitis) and other throat infections, the common cold, influenza (flu), tonsil stones (tonsilloliths), thrush, bronchitis, postnasal drip, diabetes, acid reflux (gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD), lactose intolerance, other stomach or digestion problems, and some liver diseases or kidney diseases may be associated with bad breath.

*Allergies: Many medications used to treat allergies can cause dry mouth, another cause of halitosis. In addition, post-nasal drip is a common allergy symptom that can result in bad breath. Sinus congestion due to allergies can also cause people to breathe from their mouths, causing dry mouth.

*Mouth infections: cavities, gum disease, or impacted teeth may cause bad breath.

*Morning breath: Bad breath in the morning is very common. Saliva production nearly stops during sleep, allowing odor-causing bacteria to grow, causing bad breath.

*Pregnancy: Being pregnant in itself does not cause bad breath, but the nausea and morning sickness common during pregnancy may cause bad breath. In addition, hormonal changes, dehydration, and eating different foods due to cravings may also contribute to bad breath during pregnancy.

HOW CAN BAD BREATH BE ELIMINATED?

Bad breath that is due to simple causes such as foods may be more easily masked or eliminated than bad breath due to medical conditions, infections, or medication side effects. Steps in eliminating or masking bad breathes are as follows;

1. Use a mouthwash, which is designed to kill bad breath germs as well as odor-causing compounds found in certain foods.

2. Stay hydrated by drinking water throughout the day, limit caffeinated and alcoholic drinks, as well as sugary and acidic juices.

3. To minimize morning breath, brush twice a day, floss regularly, and start your day with a mouthwash that kills bad breath germs.

4. Floss daily to help prevent food particles from becoming trapped as well as the buildup of plaque.

5. Floss daily to clean the tight spaces under the gum line where your toothbrush sometimes misses.

There are some things a person can do to eliminate bad breath is detoxification.

Visit a dentist if all proves futile.

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