Bad breath, medically known as halitosis, can be very embarrassing and frustrating. It could be caused by several factors. Although there are times when bad breath is a result of certain medical conditions, most of the time it is a result of poor oral hygiene, as well as the types of food that a person eats. Regardless of the cause, bad breath is an oral health condition that requires attention and treatment.

What causes halitosis or bad breath?

Often, a person suffers from bad breath due to the spread of bacteria in their mouth, especially when their teeth and mouth are not thoroughly cleaned. When brushing and flossing are not properly done and when food particles and debris get stuck and remain in your mouth, they can get decayed over time, producing odor. Another possible reason is when you have disorders or serious problems that involve the major organs in your body like your liver and kidney. A dry mouth condition can also be another reason behind bad breath because there will not be enough flow of saliva in your mouth to wash away bacteria. Here are some of the common causes of halitosis:

  • Infected gums can be a reason for bad breath because an infection only happens when there is a widespread of bacteria in your mouth. In order to avoid gum infections and problems, you just need to make sure that you maintain good oral hygiene and be very careful when brushing so that you do not cause damage to your gums.
  • If you are not regularly brushing and flossing, then you are most likely going to suffer from bad breath. Plaque formation starts when brushing is not done on a regular basis and bacteria live in the plaque. If plaque lingers longer on your teeth, it will cause a bad smell in your mouth.
  • Failing to brush your tongue can also cause bad breath because bacteria also harbor in your tongue.
  • Skipping meals is another reason for bad breath. Not only will it affect your oral health, it will also impact your general health. When you do not eat on time, your mouth will not be able to produce enough saliva to rinse away the bacteria that cause bad breath and cavities.
  • Bad lifestyle habits such as smoking are another contributing factor for bad breath because of the chemicals that tobacco and cigarettes contain.

So how do you prevent bad breath?

Usually, the treatment for halitosis will depend on its cause but the most effective ways will rely on how well you take good care of your oral health. Here’s how you can avoid or stop bad breath:

  • Brush and floss your teeth daily.
  • Use mouth rinses (but make sure you do not overdo it)
  • Visit our dental office regularly for professional teeth cleanings and checkups.

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