Everything you need to know about bad breath
Bad breath affects an estimated 25 percent of people. There are a variety of potential causes of halitosis, but oral hygiene is responsible for the vast majority.
It is also known as halitosis or fetor oris. Halitosis can cause significant worry, embarrassment, and anxiety but it is relatively easy to remedy.
Fast Facts about Bad Breath
It is estimated that bad breath affects 1 in 4 individuals globally.
Bad oral hygiene is the most prevalent cause of halitosis.
If food particles are left in the mouth, sulfur compounds are formed by their breakdown by bacteria.
It can reduce mouth odor by keeping the mouth hydrated.
Daily brushing, flossing, and hydration are the best remedies for bad breath.
What is halitosis?
Bad breath is a common problem that can cause significant psychological distress. There are a number of potential causes and treatments available.
Anyone can suffer from bad breath. It is estimated that 1 in 4 people have bad breath on a regular basis.
Halitosis is the third most common reason that people seek dental care, after tooth decay and gum disease.
Simple home remedies and lifestyle changes, such as improved dental hygiene and quitting smoking, can often remove the issue. If bad breath persists, however, it is advisable to visit a doctor to check for underlying causes.
Treatment of Bad Breath
You should consult a dentist first for the treatment of bad breath. The dentist can rate the smell on a scale by smelling the breath given both by mouth and nose. Since the back of the tongue is the most common source of bad breath, the dentist can scrape it out with a tool and evaluate its odor. If bad breath is caused by a bruise, your dentist will discuss with you how to treat it.
Mouthwashes and toothpaste: If halitosis occurs due to the accumulation of bacteria (plaque) in the teeth, the dentist may recommend a mouthwash that kills bacteria. A toothpaste containing an antibacterial agent may also be recommended.
Treatment of dental diseases: If the patient is found to have gum disease, he or she can be referred to a periodontist. Gum disease causes gingival recession. This paves the way for the bacteria that create a bad odor in these spaces. Bacteria can only be removed by a dentist.
If the dentist finds the teeth and gums healthy, he may refer the patient to a different specialist for treatment of the source of the odor. Antibiotics are used for the treatment of infections and the treatment of reflux is done with drugs that reduce the effects of diet and stomach acid.
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