Three Common Causes of Halitosis and Their Remedies

Anyone can suffer from bad breath — the difference is how long the problem lasts. For some people, it is a temporary problem, like the morning breath that goes way after brushing the teeth. For others, the problem is persistent and noticeable, leading to embarrassment during interactions with other people. In fact, bad breath makes many people avoid interacting with others altogether.

If you fall under the latter group of individuals, then there is some good news for you. Bad breath, called halitosis in the medical world, can be remedied if the underlying causes of the problem are identified.

There are many different factors that can cause halitosis. Check out some common causes of bad breath and how they can be remedied.

Poor Oral Hygiene

The vast majority of halitosis cases come down to oral hygiene. Unfortunately, not everyone takes the importance of keeping their mouths clean seriously. They don't brush and floss their teeth on a regular basis, and if they do, they fail to do it properly. 

If you're not brushing and or flossing effectively, suffering from bad breath is inevitable. The bacteria in your mouth will break down the food particles that remain on your tongue, between the teeth, and along your gum lines, releasing a bad breath.

Fortunately, bad breath resulting from neglecting good oral hygiene can be remedied by brushing and flossing regularly and properly.

Dry Mouth

Saliva is the all-important natural liquid that keeps your mouth moist and well-lubricated for breaking down food, aiding in its digestion. It is secreted by the salivary glands present in your mouth. Unfortunately, some people suffer from dry mouth, a condition that occurs when the salivary glands can't produce sufficient saliva to keep your mouth moist and well-lubed. 

If you have a dry mouth, then the condition can trigger other problems, like bad breath. A visit to a dentist should help to determine if the condition is to blame for your unpleasant odour.

Bad Oral Habits

Some oral habits, such as tobacco smoking and chewing tobacco products, can lead to bad breath in addition to causing other dental problems like teeth discolouration. Quitting smoking and other oral habits that your dentist discourages can help to remedy the problem of halitosis. 

Is bad breath making it difficult for you to enjoy conversations with others? If so, arrange a consultation with a dentist near you to identify the underlying cause of the problem and what can be done to remedy it.