Bad breath (also called as Halitosis) is a condition in which there is an unpleasant smell in the mouth due to different underlying health problems. The primary reason for a bad breath is the colonization of bacteria in between the teeth and around the tongue. Bad breath can be rare or chronic both and may often leave you socially embarrassed.
- Inadequate oral hygiene
- Underlying health problem such as cancer, metabolic disorders and gastrointestinal problems
- Intake of certain foods such as onion, garlic and spices
- Smoking or chewing of tobacco
- The most common symptom is a foul smell in the mouth. It may also be accompanied with bad taste in the mouth, sour taste or taste changes.
- You may also experience dryness and a coating in the mouth
- In case the symptoms of bad breath persist for longer than two weeks, you must see a dental expert at the earliest.
- Symptoms that may accompany and should not be ignored are, a) Sores in the mouth b) Pain in chewing or swallowing c) Fever
- Your doctor may ask you for your complete medical and dental history.
- The doctor may ask you to get an x-ray and dental charting done which shall help him determine if the odor is due to a gum disease.
- Practice good oral hygiene which involves a) Brushing twice a day b) Brushing or atleast rinsing your mouth after meals
- Use dental floss regularly
- Keep your mouth moist by drinking plenty of water at regular intervals
- Avoid excessive intake of tobacco based products
- Avoid foods that have a stench such as onions and garlic
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