Bad breath or halitosis is unpleasant odor coming out of the mouth. Halitosis can be an occasional problem but sometimes the bad breath can become a chronic condition. Bad breath can be embarrassing in most cases and in some cases it may even cause anxiety. People generally use chewing gum, mints and mouthwash to fight bad breath.
Certain foods, health condition and habits are responsible for bad breath. The main symptom of bad breath is the objectionable smell emitting when you open your mouth. Home remedies or a visit to a dentists resolves bad breath in most cases.
What Causes Bad Breath
Halitosis or bad breath is generally caused by poor dental hygiene. Following are some of the Other causes of bad breath:
- gum disease
- tooth decay
- heavy metal build up
- infection of the respiratory tract
- improper diet
- inadequate protein digestion
- liver or kidney malfunction
- post nasal drip
- bacteria in the mouth
- unfriendly bacteria in the colon
Halitosis can also be caused by:
- buildup of toxins in the gastrointestinal tract
- salivary gland disorders
- chronic bronchitis
Even dieting or fasting can cause bad breath. Morning bad breath results from dehydration due to reduction in amount of saliva in the mouth.
Symptoms of Bad Breath
- You may have no smell or very little smell coming out if your mouth and you are too much worried
- You may be emitting bad breath but may not even know that your breath stinks
You will have to find out the underlying cause and resolve the bad breath with or without the help of a doctor. In certain cases if underlying conditions you will require medical health. Otherwise in most cases the symptoms will disappear when it gets resolved by eating right foods and maintaining oral hygiene.
Your dentist is generally the healthcare professional who diagnose your bad breath. The smell from your mouth and nose on a scale will indicate the extent of bad breath.
Aswab from behind the tongue is generally taken by dentist to check it's color to determine bad breath and in some cases cause of the bad breath
Home Remedies for Bad Breath
Following simple remedies can help to get rid of bad breath
- Drink enough quantity of water and stay hydrated all the time
- Avoid spicy foods
- Avoid meats, sticky foods and sweats that may get stuck in teeth
- Eat raw food only 5-6 days in a row
- Treat your constipation naturally
- Chew a sprig of parsley after meals
- Chew fennel seeds or anise seeds after meals
Treatment of Bad Breath
If home remedies do not resolve your bad breath, then your dentists will look at the dental problems responsible for bad breath. Depending on the cause he may provide treatment for gum disease it other dental problems.
However, sometimes bad breath may be due to other underlying causes related to your respiratory tracts, intestine, kidney it lever. In those case those underlying conditions should be treated.
Other Tips and Precautions
If you have bad breath then the following tips and precautions will help you to get rid of it.
- Brush your teeth and tongue after every meal
- Keep your toothbrush clean between uses
- Replace your toothbrush every month
- Use dental floss
- Wash your mouth with chlorophyll mouthwash daily
- Do not use commercial mouthwashes as colors, dyes and chemicals in them can damage
Bad breath sometimes can be an early warning sign of a serious underlying condition so check with your doctor if your condition becomes chronic.