Sandra was informed by her boyfriend last week that she has mouth odor! She felt devastated and thought it couldn’t be true.
Halitosis, also known as Bad Breath, is a symptom in which a noticeably unpleasant odor is present and persons with this condition are usually unaware. It can lead to social stigma, loss of opportunities, depression and anxiety.
It is viewed as a social taboo and those affected may be stigmatized especially because people don’t feel comfortable talking about it. Unlike “morning breath” or a strong smell that lingers after consumption of food with onion or garlic, halitosis remains for an extended amount of time and may be a sign of something more serious. Halitosis is the third most common reason that people seek dental care, after tooth decay and gum disease.
- Dental Issues:
Cavities, gum problems, ill-fitting dentures and improper brushing.
About 90% of Halitosis cases originate from the mouth!
- Mouth, Nose and Throat Infections:
Nose, sinus, throat issues and postnasal drip may contribute to bad breath. Bacteria feed on mucus your body produces when it’s battling a sinus infection, leaving you stinky.
- Dry mouth:
Saliva rinses and removes unwanted leftovers from your mouth, helps break down food when you eat and provides disease-fighting substances to help prevent cavities and infections. Dry mouth can also be caused by drugs such as high blood pressure medications.
- Smoking and tobacco:
Smokers are more prone to develop gum diseases, resulting in halitosis.
- Chronic conditions:While halitosis is most often linked to something happening in your mouth, it may also be a sign of gastric reflux, diabetes, liver or kidney disease.
Garlic, onions, coffee… The list of breath-offending food is long, and what you eat, affects the air you exhale.
- Brush and Floss: Brush twice daily and clean between teeth daily with floss, Phillips Sonicare Airfloss Pro or Waterpik to get rid of bacteria causing bad breath.
- Tongue Cleaning
Use a toothbrush or tongue scrapper to clean the areas in front and at the back of your tongue.
- Mouthwash without alcohol to rinse (alcohol dries the mouth)
- Visit Your Dentist twice a year for routine check-up and Professional Cleaning
- Quit Smoking
- Keep That Saliva flowing: To get more saliva moving in your mouth, try eating healthy foods that have cleansing effects like carrots or apples. Your dentist may recommend oral rinses for dry mouth for those that may be taking medications that affect salivary flow.
- Treating underlying disease such as gum disease, tooth decay, or gastro esophageal reflux disease, Liver failure, Diabetic Ketoacidosis.
- Counseling may be useful in those who falsely believe that they have bad breath.
Call our office at 0700DENTIST or 0811-113-1200 if you have questions or concerns regarding Halitosis / Bad breath / Mouth Odor.