Halitosis is the medical name for bad breath, which is primarily a result of poor or deprived dental health and/or habits of those who are suffering from the condition. It may also be due to the kind of food eaten like garlic and onion which odors can only completely removed when they are flushed out of the body. Tobacco is also a very common of this dental condition and worst, reduce the sensitivity to food taste, irritate gums, and stain the teeth. Ill-fitted dental appliance is another common cause. In some serious cases though, this can also signal another and more serious underlying health problems. Among these are chronic acid reflux, chronic sinus infections, diabetes, kidney or liver problems, periodontal or gum disease, postnasal drip, respiratory tract infections like bronchitis or pneumonia, and Xerostomia or dry mouth.
Complications of bad breath
While bad breath is very common and can generally be helped with the use of proper brushing, flossing, and mouth rinsing, at times, this dental condition only indicates more serious health problems and/or can complicate some of these health problems. Among these are:
2. Chronic acid reflux
3. Chronic sinus infections
5. Kidney problems
6. Liver problems
7. Periodontal or gum disease
9. Postnasal drip
10. Respiratory tract infections
11. Xerostomia or dry mouth.
Prevention of Bad Breath
Preventing bad breath can be done but will heavily depend on the cause. For starters, simple administration of good oral habits and hygiene can surely keep the dental condition at bay. But in the case of dry mouth, the expert help of specialists in the case is highly important.
Below are some of the simple dental habits that everyone should practice to enjoy fresh breath:
- Brush your teeth. It takes a fluoride toothpaste and at least two times brushing a day to keep all the food debris from deep seating into the crevices of the teeth as well as the tongue. It is highly recommended that brushing be done after eating or drinking, which means it is necessary to bring toothbrush at work or school.
- Floss. Some food debris cannot be reached by toothbrush alone and plaque buildup may be a little bit hard to brush. This is where a floss may be required. Do so in between the tooth and without hurting the gums. Rinse afterwards.
- Rinse. Mouthwash and rinse can take away bacteria that may still be left on the teeth and the tongue. Choose a brand that is well-known for its results and without harsh active ingredients.
- Change toothbrush. Changing the toothbrush at least every two or three months can help improve your dental hygiene Choose a soft bristled product to prevent hurting the gums.
- Do not or quit smoking. Smoking can cause bad breath and stain the teeth so quit or do not smoke.
- Drink enough water. Water is so important to your dental health so make sure you drink lots of it to ensure healthy saliva glands all the time.