Did you know that bad breath or halitosis touches near 65% of the population? Thank God, most of bad breath are transitory. Think of your morning breath that goes away after you brush your teeth.
The majority of those who suffer from breath odor problem aren’t even aware of it. You know you have a bad breath when:
- You have frequently a bad taste in your mouth.
- People take their distance when you talk to them.
- Someone tells you about your bad breath.
- Your gums are red, swollen and bleed easily, there may be pus.
- People frequently offer you chewing gum.
- You often have dry mouth and your saliva is viscous.
Most problems of bad breath originate in the mouth. Halitosis is caused by the degradation of bacterial plaque, debris and food particles by bacteria.
Several conditions predispose to bad breath:
Poor oral hygiene.
- Presence of cavities or defective restorations.
- Accumulation of food particles between the teeth.
- Mouth infection (Cold sore).
- Decrease of saliva production.
- Gums inflammation (Gingivitis).
Other reasons may not come from the mouth:
- Lungs, throat or sinus infection.
- Uncontrolled diabetes can cause the formation of acetone.
- Renal failure.
- Liver disease.
- Gastrointestinal problem.
- Not eating can also cause the formation of acetone.
- Brush your teeth and your tongue after eating.
- Use flossing at least once a day.
- Get your cavities and your defective restorations fixed.
- Quit smoking.
- Visit your dentist twice a year.