Diseases & Conditions

Bad Breath

Bad BreathCausesPreventionRisk FactorsSymptomsTreatment

What is Bad Breath?

As evident from the name itself, bad breath is a kind of breath that has a very unpleasant odor. In medical terms, bad breath is commonly known as halitosis. Unpleasant odor can be long term as well as short term.

Causes of Bad Breath

Lots of bacteria live in the mouth, especially on the tongue back. In plenty of individuals, these bacteria are the main reason responsible for bad breath. These bacteria enjoys the warm and moist condition of your mouth. Find below some of the other reasons responsible for bad breath.

  • Poor dental hygiene: Make sure that you brush in a proper way.
  • Mouth infections: Mouth infections occur because of tooth cavity or a gum disease.
  • Respiratory tract infections: It include lung and throat infections.
  • Dry mouth: Dry mouth occur because of salivary gland issues and medicines. There are plenty of over the counter medicines that can lead to dry mouth.

Prevention of Bad Breath

You can prevent bad breath that has occurred due to dental problems very easily through right kind of home care. You can also take the services of professionals in this regard. To start with, make sure that you brush your teeth after every meal. Secondly, follow the guidelines of your dentist especially if he has recommended any mouthwash. You can also get rid of bad breath by drinking lots of water on a daily basis.

How long it will take to get rid of bad breath?

The answer of this question depends entirely on the reason responsible for your bad breath. For example, if the main reason behind your bad breath is poor dental hygiene then right kind of dental care will start to freshen your mouth almost immediately. On the other hand, if your bad breath is caused by chronic sinusitis, then it will kept on coming.

When to take the services of a professional?

You need to call your dentist immediately if you are suffering from bad breath in addition to swollen gums and loose teeth. Do not ignore symptoms such as fever, sore throat, postnasal drip and discolored nasal discharge. If your bad breath continues even after taking a good diet and right kind of dental hygiene, fix an appointment with your dentist.

Risk factors of Bad Breath

If bad breath persists for an extended period, there is a strong possibility of gum disease in you. Gum disease makes its presence felt when there is too much plaque on your teeth. The bacteria that is there will develop toxins in your mouth, causing gums irritation. If you do not get any treatment, it can have a negative impact on your jawbone as well.

Symptoms of Bad Breath

You are not going to get an idea of whether you are suffering from bad breath or not that easily as odor detecting cells of nose get used to the preset smell pattern. Some of the symptoms of bad breath are mentioned below:

  • Red gums bleeding after brushing
  • Loose teeth
  • Open sores on the gums
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Not able to swallow dry foods
  • Not able to speak properly for a long period of time due to mouth dryness
  • Dry eyes

Treatment for Bad Breath

There are number of mouthwashes available in the market that can give you relief from bad breath. But before you opt for any of these mouthwashes, keep in mind that they are only going to work on a temporary basis. A much better option is antiseptic mouth rinse products that has an ability to kill germs which are responsible for your bad breath. Take the help of your dentist in choosing a right kind of mouth rinse product. There is no need of any experiment.