Simple Methods to Stop Bad Breath
Bad breath is breath that has an unpleasant odor. It’s also known as halitosis. This odor can occur from time to time, or it can be long lasting, depending on the cause.
Millions of bacteria live in the mouth, particularly on the back of the tongue. In many people, these bacterias are the primary causes of bad breath. The mouth’s warm, moist conditions are ideal for the growth of these bacteria. Most bad breath is caused by something in the mouth.
How can I tell if l have bad breath?
Lots of small signs can indicate that you have bad breath. Have you ever noticed people stepping away as you start to talk?
Dr. Manan Dhulia Dental Director at Sabka dentist says “You may not always know that you have bad breath. That’s because odor-detecting cells in the nose eventually get used to the smell. Other people may notice and react by stepping away from you as you speak, or making a face”.
To know whether you have bad breath, just lick the inside of your wrist and sniff- if it smells bad, then your breath is bad or ask someone whom you trust.
Dr. Zeta Anato Dental Director at Sabka dentist says “Some types of bad breath are considered to be fairly normal. They usually are not health concerns, one example is morning mouth. This occurs because of changes in your mouth while you sleep”.
Causes of Bad Breath :
The breakdown of food particles in and around teeth can cause foul odor. Eating foods containing certain oils is another source of bad breath. Onions and garlic are best known examples but other vegetables and spices can also cause bad breath.
Tobacco causes bad breath. The only way to avoid this is to quit smoking. Also, smoking causes staining, loss of taste and irritates the gums. Smokers are likely to have gum disease and also have a higher risk of developing cancer of the mouth, lung cancer, and heart disease.
In about 10% of bad breath cases the bad odor do not come from the mouth. Certain illnesses such as some cancers, metabolic disorders, can cause distinctive breath odor due to the chemicals they produce. Diabetes, kidney and liver failure can lead to fishy smell.
In Dry Mouth, Saliva naturally washes away the acids from your mouth and helps to keep the bacteria growth under balance. When saliva production lacks bacterias likely to grow and cause bad breath.
How can my dentist help?
If you have bad breath, you need to start a routine for keeping your mouth fresh and clean. Regular check-ups will allow your dentist to watch out for areas where the plaque is caught between your teeth. Your dentist can be able to clean all those areas that are difficult to reach. They will also be able to suggest you the best way to clean your teeth and gums and show you any areas you may be missing, including your tongue.
Can I prevent bad breath?
To keep your breath fresh and clean, you must get rid of any gum disease, and always keep your mouth fresh and clean. If you have bad breath, try keeping a note of all the foods you eat and any medicines you are taking. Take this note to your dentist who may be able to suggest a way to solve the problem.
Brush your teeth and gums two times a day with a toothpaste that contain fluoride. Also, remember to brush your tongue.
Limit how often you consume sugary snacks and drinks.
Visit your dentist at least twice a year.
Floss your teeth daily, brushing alone only cleans up to about 60% of the surface of your teeth. There are some products that you can use to clean between your teeth( they are called ‘interdental brushes’)
Use a mouthwash- some mouthwash contains antibacterial agents that can kill bacteria that cause bad breath. If you are constantly suffering from bad breath, visit your dentist or hygienist to make sure that the mouthwash is not masking a more serious underlying problem.
Chew sugar-free gum-it stimulates saliva and prevent your mouth from drying out.
Dr. Preethi Nagarajan Dental Director at Sabka dentist says “Bad breath that results from an illness may be a long-term problem. It often can be controlled with proper medical care”.
Will using mouthwash helps?
Most mouthwashes only prevent bad breath for a short time. So if you think that you are using a mouthwash a lot, talk to your dentist. Some mouthwashes that are suggested for gum disease can cause tooth staining if you use them for a long time. It is essential to read the instruction or ask your dentist how to use them.
How can I prevent bad breath if l am wearing dentures?
Remove your dentures while sleeping to give your mouth a chance to rest and clean them two times a day. Clean them thoroughly with lukewarm water and denture cleaner, or a denture cream or a denture-cleaning tablet. Buy a denture brush just for the cleaning the dentures. Do not forget to clean the surfaces that fit against your palate and gums. This will make sure that your dentures are always fresh and clean, and avoid the plaque build-up on the denture that may cause bad breath.
- Dental Health and Bad Breath- WebMD
- Bad Breath: 6 Causes (and 7 Solutions)- American Dental Association (ADA)
- Bad Breath Symptoms and Causes- Mayo Clinic
Dr. Priyanka graduated in 2008, obtaining her BDS degree from the faculty of dentistry at the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences. Upon graduating, she was selected to complete a multi-disciplinary hospital residency at Government Dental College and Hospital, Mumbai. This residency provided her with advanced training in all the specialties of dentistry including oral surgery, endodontics, pedodontics, and treatment of medically compromised patients. Dr. Priyanka then moved to private practice, working as an associate dentist.
Dr. Priyanka has a diploma in Soft Tissue Lasers from IALD and fellowship in Implant & Esthetic Dentistry. She also holds numerous certifications in Advanced Implant Dentistry, Endodontics, and Esthetic Dentistry. Dr. Priyanka completed MBA in Hospital Management and Clinical Research. Dr. Priyanka is a member of the Indian Dental Association and Dental Implantology Study Club, Pune. She has worked at Sabka Dentist since 2012 and is pleased to say that their advanced technology allows dentists to provide patients with painless, gentle dentistry and a pleasant experience. She enjoys the challenge of providing quality conservative family dentistry in a comfortable and friendly environment.