Do you suffer from bad breath?
Halitosis is the medical term used to describe bad odour from the mouth.
Causes of bad odour from the mouth include poor oral hygiene, tobacco use, a dry mouth (caused by various medication, salivary gland problems or mouth breathing), consumptions of food with strong odours (e.g. garlic/ onions), leaky tooth filling, gum disease (first sign bleeding gums) and poor dental care.
Bad breath can also signal a medical disorder. Local infections in the respiratory tract, chronic sinusitis, chronic bronchitis, diabetes, gastrointestinal disturbance, and liver and kidney ailment can cause bad odour.
Preventing Bad Breath
Maintaining good oral health is essential to reducing bad breath, so be sure to schedule regular dental visits for a dental cleaning and check up (generally twice a year). Brush twice a day, especially after meals and brush your tongue, too. Some people have a significant overgrowth of bacteria on their tongue, leading to coated tongue (from smoking and dry mouth). Change your toothbrush when it becomes frayed, about every three to four months, and choose a soft bristled toothbrush to achieve a full and proper clean. Floss once a day to remove food particles and plaque between your teeth, and you should have better control of your breath.
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