We all must have experienced bad breath at some point in time, isn’t it? And needless to say, it has a considerable emotional and psychological impact. It’s embarrassing when someone points out that you have bad breath or politely offers a mint. But if you’re better prepared you can avoid such awkward situations.
So what causes bad breath and how can we prevent it? It can happen for different reasons; coming from within the mouth (oral) or even from the nose, sinuses, throat (extra-oral).
In the mouth, gum disease (gingivitis and periodontitis), cavities or tongue coating can cause bad breath. A significant number of patients at our practice report to me with complaints of bad breath and this is what I advise them:
- Brush twice daily with a toothpaste
It helps get rid of the plaque on your teeth which ultimately causes gum disease. The toothpaste has various ingredients like essential oils that masks the odor.
- Brush your tongue daily
The tongue has a rough surface on which bacteria and food debris accumulate. If not cleaned daily, they will lead to foul smell that can be potentially disturbing.
- Floss regularly
Flossing once daily helps remove the plaque and bacteria present between the teeth which the bristles of the brush cannot reach. Along with brushing and tongue-cleaning, flossing is an integral part of the hygiene at home regime.
- Visit your dentist regularly
Professional cleaning of deposits (plaque and tartar) are required once in 6 months which otherwise cannot be removed by brushing. The dentist also will help you identify cavities in your teeth that can cause bad breath. Sometimes, infection in the nose or throat can cause the disturbing smell. Hence, it is important to visit your dentist regularly.
- Diet changes
Reduce consuming sugary food items and quit smoking and tobacco chewing. Increase the consumption of vegetable and fruits.
So, follow these tips, beat bad breath and stay healthy!!!
About the author:
Dr. Paresh Lotlekar is the Founder and Director of Studio32 Dental Care Pvt. Ltd. He has completed his BDS from Goa Dental College and Hospital and MDS from the prestigious KLE University, Belgaum. He offers passionate insight and smart advice on oral health and wellness through his blogs. Connect with him at firstname.lastname@example.org.