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How to Treat bad Breath

How to Treat bad Breath, you are thinking about. Have you ever noticed people maintaining a distance from you while talking or made a self observation that your breath does not feel fresh? Well, then you are not alone. Bad breath, also known as halitosis in medical terms is a common oral health concern. The reasons behind lack of freshness in breath could be many. Let us have a look at the various causes behind bad breath and how can they be tackled.

How to Treat bad Breath

Causes of bad breath and treatment

  1. First and foremost, lack of proper oral hygiene is the primary and most common cause behind bad breath. There are still many of us who do not have proper awareness and strict habits when it comes to oral health care. It is a must to brush twice a day. Once in the mornings, preferably after breakfast and once at night before retiring to bed. Replace your toothbrush after every three months or after an infectious illness. Rinsing mouth with water or mouthwash after meals is also of utter importance as small food particles stuck in between your teeth might start to decompose under bacterial action. Bacteria lead to formation of sugar acids and contribute to bad breath. Flossing is another habit that should be meticulously followed. Floss is a thread that is used to remove the food debris lodged in the interproximal surfaces.
  1. Reduce consumption of food materials that have strong odour. Onions, garlic and fishes are to be especially avoided. The logic behind this is that whatever you eat is ultimately absorbed in your blood stream. Your blood supplies all the parts of the body including lungs. It is from the lungs that these food materials are expelled in form of odour in breath till the food substance is totally out of your system.
  1. If you have bleeding gums, you are almost certain to have accompanying bad breath. Bleeding gums are a definitive sign of inflammation and poor periodontal health. If you have this symptom, you must go for a dental check up. Most likely, your dentist would advice you regarding an oral prophylactic procedure: scaling and root planing. This would reduce inflammation and also bad breath.
  1. Warm saline rinses are your most inexpensive bet when it comes to treating bad breath.
  1. Do not fast too often as it leads to dehydration and dry mouth. Dry mouth can also occur due to other causes like: autoimmune diseases, diseases of salivary glands and even as a side effect of certain commonly used medications. Dry mouth is responsible for bad breath as saliva has a protective as well as flushing action in our mouth. In absence of saliva dead cells and debris keeps sticking to our tooth surfaces. Such people who suffer from dry mouth should drink water very often and might also need artificial salivary substitutes and medications called sialogogues that induce salivation. Sucking onto ice cubes and vitamin C tablets also reduces oral dryness and ultimately breath.
  1. Unclean tongue is also a focus for accumulation of food debris and hence bacteria. So, using a tongue cleaner to clear out all the accumulated debris on the tongue surface at least once a day is very important.
  1. People who use dentures need to remove them at night and store in water containing dispersible denture cleaning tablets. Alternatively, a mild soap can be used to thoroughly clean the dentures before insertion, the next morning.
  1. Smoking is another culprit behind bad breath. Ask your dentist about chewing gums that would help you quit the habit, gradually.
  1. Oral fungal infections that can be recognised as white, curdy deposits on oral mucosal surfaces also should ring a bell. These lead to prominent bad breath and need a definitive treatment.

The cause behind bad breath might not always be originating from oral cavity. Certain other diseases like kidney/ liver diseases and diabetes might also be responsible for peculiar odour from mouth. In that case, your dentist would refer you to another specialist.

About Dr. Apoorva Dhuper

Dr. Apoorva Dhuper
Dr Apoorva completed her graduation in Dentistry in 2012. Thereafter, she has practiced in Maulana Azad Institute of dental sciences and recently completef her Residency from Guru Tegh Bahadur hospital, Delhi. Currently, she is practicing at an elite Dental clinic in North Delhi and is looking forward to start her private dental practice, in near future.

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