Do you keep people away because of the bad smell they have in their mouths? We have all been conscious of bad breath at one point of time or the other. Mints and mouthwash bottles have always been the instant solution, but did you know that it is only a temporary solution & does not get cured till the cause is removed. Would you be surprised if I say, there are more than 50 causes for bad breath? It is absolutely true. The most number of causes & the common ones have their origin in the mouth of the patient.
The Basics of Bad Breath
The best way to combat bad breath is to get to the root of the problem – no matter how embarrassing it may start out. We all have experienced bad breath from time to time. Whether it’s the dreaded morning breath or simply the result of a garlic-infused meal, or too much coffee – none of us are immune to it.
However, when it becomes an ongoing problem, recurring regularly and seemingly without any apparent cause, then bad breath can have a big impact on our lives.
Causes of Bad Breath
Here are 2 main categories of problems causing bad breath – Causes in the mouth & outside the mouth (due to general health problems).
Causes in the mouth – poor oral hygiene, diet, dry mouth, tooth decay, gum disease, food lodgement between teeth, coated unclean tongue, pus in the gums, bleeding of gums broken & badly decaying teeth etc. The good news here is that bad breath can be entirely prevented & if required treated too.
How do we prevent bad breath?
We can prevent bad breath by maintaining good oral hygiene, proper diet, good water intake from our side & then taking professional help to get the cleaning of teeth done.
What is the treatment for bad breath?
Treating the causes that arise from the mouth is the mainstream treatment of bad breath. It might range from a simple cleaning to a whole lot of things like fillings, root canal treatments, crowns, gum surgeries, extractions etc.
Complete cleaning of your teeth will drastically reduce the amount of smell causing bacteria, plaque, and tartar on your teeth and in your mouth. This is one of the most common ways to help treat bad breath.
Once all the obvious causes of bad breath are treated, but there is persistent bad breath, then it can be a symptom of illnesses such as diabetes, kidney disease, or any other medical conditions that should be treated as soon as possible.
So, the dentist not only takes care of your mouth & if required educates/facilitates you not only to take the a physicians’ help in getting the bad breath treated but also to have a better overall health.