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Dental - Bad Breath

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  Koramangala, bengaluru, karnataka, india, Bengaluru     Feb 9, 2017

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Causes of bad breath:

There are a number of likely causes of halitosis or bad breath.

Poor Oral Hygiene

Poor oral hygiene is the most common cause of bad breath. Bacteria that develops on your teeth – especially between them – as well as your gums and tongue, can cause offensive-smelling gases. These bacteria are also accountable for tooth decay and gum disease.

Bad breath may be caused due to the food that is trapped in between the teeth, which is broken down by the bacteria. This is caused when one does not brush and floss teeth regularly.

Bacteria can also thrive on the rough surface of your tongue. Therefore, brushing, cleaning your tongue can also aid in controlling bad breath.

You should have regular dental check-ups to ensure any oral hygiene problems are picked up and treated early. Your dentist will be able to advise you about how often you need a check-up.

Regular dental check -ups are essential to ensure that any oral hygiene problems, if any can be detected and treated at earliest. Your dentist will guide you to regular dental check-ups as required.

Food and drink

The food particles around and inside your teeth may increase the foul odor and bacteria in the mouth. Eating specific foods like garlic, onions and spices causes bad breath. Once the food gets digested it enters the blood stream and it is later carried to lungs and affects your breath.


Smoking and people who consume oral tobacco are more prone to have gum diseases which lead to bad breath. Smoking causes unpleasant mouth odor. It can also remarkably affect the development of gum disorders, another major cause of bad breath. Stopping smoking will lower your risk of gum disease and help prevent bad breath.

Crash Dieting

Another probable cause of bad breath is crash dieting, fasting, and low-carbohydrate diets .As a result of these diets the body to breaks down fat, which produces chemicals called ketones that can give you a bad breath.


Antidotes and medicines can sideways develop bad breath leading to dry mouth. Other medications can be broken in the body to produce chemicals that lead to bad breath.

 Infections in your mouth Surgical wound after the oral surgery causes bad breath like the removal of tooth, decaying of tooth, mouth ulcers and gum diseases. These all lead to infection inside your mouth.

Medical conditions

Bad breath is also caused by small stones that forms in the tonsils and are hidden with bacteria produce odor and this leads to bad breath. The chronic inflammation plagues and infections in the throat or sinuses, nose which provides post nasal drips causing bad breath.

Treatment for halitophobia includes therapies, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), to help the person overcome their paranoia and prevent bad breath.

Practice Good Oral Hygiene

See Your Dentist Regularly

Stop Smoking and Chewing Tobacco

Drink Lots of Water

Chew Gum

For oral hygiene dentists suggest that brushing, rinsing and flossing is necessary at least twice a day. One should start chewing to clean in between cleanings of your teeth. Chewing gum daily helps ones mouth to produce saliva which helps in flushing out germs and food from your gums, tongue and teeth. One should ensure that one opts for sugar free chewing gum else one will end up increasing tooth decay.

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