Bad Breath-Halitosis

Eating habits can cause bad breath....

When food is broken down, it goes into the blood stream, carried to the lungs and given off in your breath. Strong foods, such as garlic and onion , only give a temporary odour and will not go away until the food passed entirely through the body. As well as this not flossing and brushing regularly leaving food particles to remain on and between the teeth leaving bacteria to attack causing an odour. 

Maintaining Oral Health....

Brushing and flossing not only prevent gum disease but keep bad breath at bay. Not flossing or brushing regularly promotes bacteria growth on the food particles on and between the teeth. The bacteria attacks the food giving off an odour from the mouth.

Other heath issues that can cause bad breath.....

Bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth may be a sign of gum (periodontal) disease. It is caused by the buildup ofplaqueon teeth. If the plaque is not removed, it is hardened and froms tartar. Tartar cannot be removed by normal brushing. A dentist or a dental hygeinist can remove tartar. If gum disease is left untreated, it can damage the gums and jawbone.

Poorly fitting dental appliances can also be a cause of bad breath . They can cause yeast infectionsof the mouth.

The medical conditiondry mouth(also called xerostomia) can also cause bad breath. Saliva is necessary to moisten and cleanse the mouth by neutralizing acids produced by plaque and washing away dead cells that accumulate on the tongue, gums, and cheeks. If not removed, these cells decompose and can cause bad breath. Dry mouth may be caused by the side effects of variousmedications, salivary gland problems, or continuous breathing through the mouth.

Other diseases and illnesses may cause bad breath are respiratory tract infections such aspneumoniaorbronchitis, chronicsinus infections, postnasal drip,diabetes, chronicacid reflux, andliveror kidney problems.

Treating bad breath...

  • The first step to treating bad breath starts with Tour Medical. Having regular check-ups ruling out gum disease, correcting any leaking crowns, over hanging fillings. Have a check up twice a year.

  • Maintainng good oral health is of most importance, brush and floss at least twice daily. Brush your tongue.

  • Replace your toothbrush every two to three months.

  • Chew chewing gum after meals

  • Stop smoking, you can ask dentist for ways to quit.

  • Drink plenty of water and avoid fizzy drinks.

  • Purchase mouthwash, but keep in mind that most over the counter products only give a temporary solution to bad breath.

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