Halitosis or bad breath can be related to an array of causes, including medications and bacterial infections. Certain food, health condition and poor oral habits are also among the common causes of bad breath. It is caused by having a dry mouth, which also may be an effect of the medications you take in or any other medical conditions that you may have. People with periodontal diseases are often experiencing bad breath, gum abscesses and mouth sores.
Odors from bad breath vary depending on the origin or the cause of bad breath. Because self- assessment of bad breath is difficult, you may ask someone close to you to confirm your worries.
What to do:
If you are aware or have been told by someone that you have bad breath issues, try examining your oral hygiene habits. If after making these changes in your lifestyle the bad breath is still there, it is suggested to see your dentist immediately. You may be having a more serious condition associated with bad breath.
- You can try drinking lots of water, flossing after every meal and brushing three times daily. Seeing your dentist for regular checkups may reduce bad breath. Some dentists may recommend brushing your tongue, since the tongue absorbs and traps most of the bacteria. Using a mouthwash after brushing can be an added protection against bacteria build-up in your mouth. Mouthwashes containing cetypyridinium chloride and chlorhexidine can prevent production of bad breath odors. Odor-neutralizing products such as chlorine dioxide and zinc may also be used.
- If you have a gum disease, your dentist may refer you to a periodontist, a gum specialist. Gum diseases can cause the gums to drag away from the teeth leaving deep areas where odor-causing bacteria may be accumulated.
- Your dentist may advise you to replace ill-fitting tooth restorations which can be a reproduction ground for bacteria.