Dental Problems

Halitosis

Halitosis, commonly known as bad breath are general terms used to define unpleasant odors given out while breathing. In many cases, halitosis begins in the mouth itself. The levels of bad breath varies during the day and night. This is because the mouth is subjected to less oxygen during the night and so the odor usually worsens upon awakening the next morning.

There are two types of halitosis:

Transient:

This type of halitosis often disappears following flossing, rinsing, brushing etc.

Persistent:

This is a serious condition and a chronic case. It has negative effects on an individuals personality leading to stress and low self-esteem.

Causes of Halitosis

    • Bad breath is most commonly caused depending on the food we consume. Food like onions, garlics, fish, meat etc result in halitosis. This usually happens because once the food gets digested, chemicals and other volatile substances are absorbed into the blood and are then carried to the lungs. This is then exhaled in our breath.

The other cause are:

    • Smoking, alcohol,mouth infections such as candidiasis, pregnancy, sinus infection, dentures etc.
    • Medications can also lead to bad breath especially, those medicines that causes dry mouth

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Tips to get rid of Halitosis:

  • Brush your teeth at least thrice a day and floss regularly.
  • Use a tongue cleaner to clean your tongue.
  • Do not skip your meals as this could lead to hunger breath leading to halitosis.
  • Drink plenty of water to keep your mouth moist and rinse away the odor forming bacteria.
  • Avoid cold. Nose and sinuses should be kept clean.
  • Visit a dentist every 6-8 months for a regular check up.

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