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How Do I Get Rid of Bad Breath?

Dr. Kalpana Raje

Dr. Kalpana Raje

  Gm palya, Bengaluru     Mar 31, 2018

   1 min     

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Introduction

Bad Breath is also as halitosis or fetor oris. It affects 1 in 4 people globally and it the third most common reason that people seek dental care, after tooth decay and gum disease.

Causes

  • Tobacco products cause their own types of mouth odor.
  • The breakdown of food particles stuck in the teeth can cause odors.
  • Dry mouth due to a specific disease can develop the odor.
  • Fasting and low-carbohydrate eating programs can produce halitosis.
  • Certain drugs can also produce bad odor as they reduce saliva.
  • It can be caused if they have a foreign body lodged in their nasal cavity.

Diagnosis

The dentist will simply smell a breath of a person and rate the odor on a six-point intensity scale. There are the so many type of detectors that can rate odor more precisely such as:

  • Halimeter: This detects low levels of sulfur.
  • Gas chromatography: It measures hydrogen sulfide, methyl mercaptan, and dimethyl sulfide.
  • BANA test: It measures levels of a specific enzyme produced by halitosis-causing bacteria.
  • Beta-galactosidase test:  It measures a level of beta-galactosidase.

Treatment

The best method to reduce halitosis is good oral hygiene. Visit the dentist for a check-up and cleaning twice a year. The dentist may recommend a toothpaste that includes an antibacterial agent or an antibacterial mouthwash.

Home Remedies

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
  • Flossing reduces the build-up of food particles and plaque from between the teeth.
  • Clean your dentures, it will prevent the bacteria from building up and being transferred into the mouth.
  • Use the tongue scraper to clean tongue daily.
  • Drink plenty of water to avoid dry mouth.
  • Reduce coffee and alcohol consumption and avoid onions, garlic, and spicy food.
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