Bad Breath (Halitosis)
Causes Of Bad Breath
- Bad breath usually originates from the mouth. With bad oral hygiene, the particles of food eaten causes accumulation on the tongue surface, between the gums, on the tooth surface etc. chemicals with bad odor emerge when these particles are destroyed by the bacteria in the flora of our mouth.
- Saliva contains special enzymes that help digest the starches in your food. Therefore people with dry mouth have a high risk of bad breath. Some medications, smoking or mouth breathing can cause dry mouth.
- Oral infections, dental caries, periodontal problems, and injuries after surgical extraction can also cause bad breath.
- After eating, a bacterial film called plaque forms in our mouth. İf this film layer wont get removed with brushing and flossing, bad breath will occur.
- The food we eat has a great effect on halitosis. Foods with strong smells such as onions and garlic may not go even after brushing, flossing and mouthwash.
- Bad breath may also be a symptom of some health problems. Nose infections, lung diseases, chronic sinusitis, diabetes, chronic bronchitis, digestive system disorders are problems that can cause bad breath.
Prevention Of Bad Breath
- To prevent bad breath, first the cause of it should be known. Paying attention to oral hygiene reduces the accumulation of plaque, which reduces the risk of caries and periodontal problems.
- Brushing the teeth twice a day with the tongue surfaces and using dental floss helps to reduce bad breath. İf a removable prosthesis is used it should be removed at night. The removable prosthesis should be cleaned before using.
- İf the problem is caused by dry mouth, it is recommended to chew sugar-free gum because this helps to stimulate the salivary glands and increases the saliva.
- During the meeting with your dentist, it is clear whether the problem is due to a systemic disease or due to bad oral hygiene and dental problems. Your dentist’s treatment can prevent bad breath.