Knowing and understanding what causes bad breath or halitosis can help you prevent it and the embarrassment that often accompanies it. It’s very common to find in the daily practice that halitosis is linked with a poor dental hygiene, and people may not be aware that bad breath could affect in the personal and working relationships. There are a several potential causes and treatments available.
Common causes of halitosis:
- Dental problems (gum disease- tooth decay): Cleaning teeth, brushing and flossing regular will remove some food pieces that can build up and breakdown slowly causing bad odors in the mouth. Bacteria
- Bacterias: Bacteria plaque will form if brushing will not regular. This plaque could cause gingivitis and this without a dental treatment, will induce to a periodontitis that cause several on your teeth even the loss of them. Dentures could can harbor a bacteria’s if they are not clean properly and regular.
- Tabaco/drugs: Tabaco problems products will change the mouth odor. Additional smoking will increase the risk of the periodontal disease.
- Food: There are several food products that cause bad breath as onion or garlic, and after digestion are break down food products are carried into the blood to the lungs were they can affect the breath. Fast food cause halitosis due the breakdown of the fats producing chemicals that’s affects the breath.
- Diseases: some general health issues affect the odor of your breath as some cancers, livers conditions, kidney disorders even decompensated diabetes. In this cases patients will experience significant symptoms and will seek medical attention.
- Medications: some medications can reduce saliva, causing xerostomia, increasing odors in the mouth. Medications with nitrates, some as chemotherapy, and some supplants as multi vitamins can also induce bad breath.
Oral hygiene is the key to most bad breath issues. Cleaning teeth and flossing is not enough, going to a dental practice twice a year, avoid dry mouth and remove all debris on your tongue using a tongue scarper especially if you are a smoker patient, will avoid the bad breath. If breath odor persists despite controlling these factors, it is recommended that an individual visits a doctor for further tests to rule out other conditions.
Patients undergoing on a complete dental rehabilitation (individuals crowns on implant & tooth or an All on 4®) it’s very necessary to be clear how to clean and to be sure to understand the maintenance of your teeth with a dental work as Dr. will define to avoid future problems. Please always be sure to visit only specialists mostly if you are going aboard.