Bad breath Halitosis

Bad breath (Halitosis)

Research has shown that bad breath is substantially caused by a problem in the mouth (85%). The majority of them are caused by dental and gingival problems. Plaque and tartar cause bad breath. In some cases, the tongue is covered by a layer. Bacteria found in this layer, especially those forming sulfur compounds, also cause bad breath. The tongue should be mechanically cleaned to correct this problem.

Many people have a bad odor in their mouths when they wake up in the morning. This is normal. Nightlong drying mouth and the bacterial activities end up with bad odor, and this bad odor disappears with the increased saliva in the mouth after breakfast.

Provision of oral hygiene often allows to get good results in many cases of bad breath.  For an adequate oral hygiene, teeth should be brushed and flossed 3 times a day after meals.  It may also be useful to clean the tongue once a day using a toothbrush. Use of anti bacterial mouthwash may also be recommended, but long-term use of these mouthwashes may cause irritation of oral mucosa and tongue due to alcohol. Having dental caries, problematic restorations, tartar and gingival diseases treated is also necessary to get rid of bad breath.

Individuals who still have bad breath problem even though intraoral factors are eliminated should be suspected of stomach/gastric disorders.

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