How Do I Get Rid of Bad Breath?
Dr. Kalpana Raje
Gm palya, Bengaluru Mar 31, 2018
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
- 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.