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Bad Breath

Bad Breath Treatment

In medical terms, “bad breath” is also termed as “Halitosis” and is one of the most common complaints made in a dental office and it is considered to be one of the most embarrassing diseases ever! While some are temporary odors (due to the intake of foods like onion, garlic, alcohol, tobacco, milk, meat, etc.), if the problem is persistent for a long time, i.e. persistent bad breath, that’s a matter of big concern.

Bad Breath: Symptoms and Causes

You are your own doctor when it comes to bad breath! Usually people tend to avoid smelling mouths. So if you see the person talking to you is trying to avoid you, or putting handkerchief over face or else showing some other distracting behavior, then it’s high time to check your mouth odor.

The causative agents for such bad breath are:

  • Poor oral hygiene like not removing tongue coating and not cleaning teeth properly
  • Alcohol consumption tobacco abuse
  • Unhealthy food habits which include eating loads of sugar products like sweets, chocolates etc.
  • Faulty alignments, crowns and gaps within teeth
  • Gastrointestinal/Stomach disorders cause bad smell coming from the mouth. Bowels if not emptied clearly cause foul smelling breath
  • Certain medication like multivitamins
  • Higher level of volatile sulfur compounds (esp. from tobacco use and tongue coatings) in the mouth is also a main factor for foul smell
  • Periodontal disease like bleeding and weak gums
  • Food lodgment in decayed tooth and in gaps between teeth etc.

Research claims that oral malodor can be linked to other complications in the body like respiratory, kidney or liver related disease
Self-diagnosis is the most convenient diagnostic method in this disease. Due to shame or humiliation, people try to avoid talking with other people and do not confess about the problem. Gradually situation becomes so acute that one finds it difficult to tolerate own breath also. If this is not possible then go for a confidant (a trusted family member or friend), get their opinion and start treatment accordingly.

Apart from these, there are certain medical instruments which can detect bad odors of mouth. Some of the common instruments are:

  • Halimeter- It is a portable sulfur monitor which detects the level of sulfur emissions from mouth
  • Gas chromatography- It digitally measures the levels of three gases from mouth and they are hydrogen sulfide, methyl mercaptan and dimethly disulfide
  • Beta-Galactosidase test- It detects the presence of halitosis related bacteria and other compounds in the saliva

Bad Breath: Prevention and Treatment

Prevention is better than cure! Some basic yet important precautionary measures should be taken to avoid Bad Breath:
  • Proper mouth cleaning- Use of good toothpaste twice a day for cleaning mouth won’t allow bacteria to accumulate. And it is a notable point to be remembered that along with brushing teeth, what matters more for oral hygiene is cleaning the tongue, which is mostly neglected by people. Tongue is the most vulnerable area for bacterial growth and it should be thoroughly cleaned to avoid the accumulation of bacterial films.
  • Do not keep the mouth dry- Usually it is observed that after a long period of keeping quiet, foul smell comes from mouth. This occurs due to dryness of the mouth and absence of saliva which makes mouth a farmland for bacteria. It is a healthy habit to keep the mouth salivated. So keep your mouth engaged always by chewing a gum or cloves or cinnamon sticks or any other spices that suit your taste buds.
  • Mouth rinsing- Remember to rinse the mouth and throat region after dinner and before retiring to the bed. It can be done with lukewarm water or a bit saline water, commercial mouthrinses available in the market or even with normal water. The intention is to remove excess food material, if present, in the mouth and esophageal region.
  • Mouthwashes- These are not a permanent cure technique; rather these should be used occasionally only. Keep a bottle of mouthwash within your reach and if you smell foul then wash your mouth. This can only help in giving instant results for short durations.

Oral Malodor is a disease, more correctly an embarrassing one. So if you find any friend, relative or any other close one of yours with a foul smelling mouth, instead of avoiding the talks give some tips regarding the cure of disease. The person afflicted with this disease comes to know about it a bit later, so it’s the duty of people around that person to make him aware of this condition.

 
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