What is Bad Breath?
Bad breath or medically known as halitosis is a symptom where a noticeably unpleasant odor is present on the exhaled breath. Bad breath is the third most frequent reason for people to seek dental care, following tooth decay and periodontal disease (gum disease).
Did you know?
- The history of bad breath or halitosis goes back a long way
People have been suffering from this problem for thousands of years. The first known reference to mouth rinsing is in Chinese medicine, about 2700 BC.
- Ancient Greek courtesans used fragrance in their mouths
As the mistresses of rich and powerful men, they knew they had to be sweet all over to succeed.
- People in the Far East devised an early tongue cleaner
Beacuse of this, people all over the world turned to aromatic herbs and spices to freshen the breath and mask breath odor. Mint, anise, cloves, cinnamon, parsley, guava, and lots of others have been used.
- Renaissance courtesans used sweet wine mixed with herbs
Dry wine might make the problem worse.
- Halitosis is a personal hygiene problem
Halitosis was generally regarded as a personal hygiene problem rather than a health problem. Sufferers were often blamed for their condition. In some cultures divorce was sanctioned when one person in a couple had the problem.
3 Ways to know if you have a bad breath
1) Lick your wrist with your tongue
Lick your wrist with your tongue and wait until the saliva dries. Smell your wrist so you can smell what the top of your tongue smells like
2) Use a teaspoon
Use a teaspoon and turn it up-side-down and scrape the back of your tongue to collect some of the “white stuff” that is there. Smelling this will tell you what others smell on your breath.
3) Smell your own breath
Some people can smell their own breathby cupping a hand over your mouth and breathe out through your mouth and then breathe in through your nose. This method is not as reliable as the spoon method.
5 Factors that may cause bad breath
Bad breath or halitosis can be caused by a variety of things including:
1. Poor Oral Hygiene
When a person does not brush or floss their teeth thoroughly, food particles remain in the mouth may rot and cause foul odors. These food particles can promote the growth of bacteria that can lead to tooth decay, gum disease and foul odor
Some foods known to contribute to bad breath are onions, garlic, exotic spices. These foods when absorbed into the bloodstream and then transferred to the lungs will cause noticeable odors when exhaled.
3. Dry mouth
4. Morning breath
Bad breath in the morning is caused by the mouth drying out overnight. It allows the anaerobic bacteria to build up in the mouth which produce unpleasant smelling chemicals that accumulate on your mouth and tongue giving rise to morning breath.
5. Tobacco products
Smoking or chewing tobacco-based products can stain teeth and irritate gum tissue.
List of medical disorders that may cause bad breath
Is the inflammation of gums which may lead to bleeding. The tartar accumulated in the gum area may cause foul odor.
2. Denture or Dental appliance
Dentures or dental appliances, such as braces, can contribute to bad breath. Most often it is due to food particles that are not properly cleansed from the appliances.
Loose-fitting dentures can contribute to sores and localized infections in the mouth, which can cause bad breath.
3. Other diseases and illnesses
5 Signs you probably have bad breath
1) If your friend suddenly turn their head back or turn their head down when you talk, he/she might smell something from you.
2) If your friend suddenly cover their nose when you talk.
3) Your gums bleed every time you brush your teeth.
4) You notice that your gums are red in color, a brown or black stain is present on your tooth.
5) Tartar is present in between, at the back, or in front of your tooth.
4 ways to treat your bad breath
The dentist and the staff at LE Dental Clinic Cavite Accredited By Healthcards is willing to help you to cure your bad breath.
People with health cards are usually entitled with dental benefit such as ORAL PROPHYLAXIS. See your dentist regularly.
1. Oral Prophylaxis
This involves removing bacterial plaque, food debris, stains, and calculus from the crowns and roots with hand scaling or ultrasonic scaling instruments and hand or electric polishers done by dentist. Oral prophylaxis is done every 6 months.
2. Practice good oral hygiene
You can do this by brushing at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, remove food debris and plaque. Also, don’t forget to brush the tongue.
Use floss or an interdental cleaner to remove food particles and plaque between teeth once a day.
3. See your dentist regularly
Your should visit your dentist regularly that is at least twice a year. He or she will conduct an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning and will be able detect and treat periodontal disease, dry mouth, or other problems that may be the cause of bad mouth odor.
4. Stop smoking or chewing tobacco-based products
5. Drink lots of water to keep your mouth moist
6. Chewing gum
Preferably sugarless also stimulates the production of saliva, which helps wash away food particles and bacteria.
LE Dental Clinic Cavite is accredited by different health cards.
Text or call us, so we can verify your dental benefits, Health cards are usually entitled by Oral Prophylaxis either once or twice a year.
LE Dental Clinic Cavite Accredited By Healthcards is very glad to assist you, evaluate your needs and free you from dental worries.
LE Dental Clinic Cavite Accredited is located in Cavite and also accessible to people in Bacoor and Dasmariña.
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