Know the basics
What is bad breath?
Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is a common condition. It is likely that you have met at least one or two people with bad breath. You can even have it without knowing. Mint chewing gums and mouth sprays can warn off the smell for a while, but they will not solve the problem.
It can be managed by reducing your risk factors. Please discuss with your doctor for further information.
Know the symptoms
What are the symptoms of bad breath?
As the name suggests, the most obvious symptom of bad breath is odors in your mouth.
When should I see my doctor?
If you have any signs or symptoms listed above or have any questions, please consult with your doctor. Everyone’s body acts differently. It is always best to discuss with your doctor what is best for your situation.
Know the causes
What causes bad breath?
Possible causes of bad breath, beside hygiene, include:
- Xerostomia – decreased saliva;
- Infections: tooth decay, gum disease, mouth sores or inflammation of the sinuses, tonsils, and throat;
- Medical conditions: cancer or metabolism disorders (gastroesophageal reflux disease, for example).
Know the risk factors
What increases my risk for bad breath?
There are many risk factors for health condition, such as:
- Smoking and tobacco;
- Dry mouth.
Understand the diagnosis & treatment
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. ALWAYS consult with your doctor for more information.
How is bad breath diagnosed?
However, it is usually difficult to tell how bad you smell by yourself, you will need to ask someone else to evaluate your condition for you.
How is bad breath treated?
In most cases, bad breath can disappear on its own as long as you change your oral hygiene habits such as brush your teeth more regularly, especially in gums and tongue, use dental floss and drink more water. If the situation still does not improve, you may need to visit a dentist to figure out the underlying issue.
Depending on the causes, your doctor will help you choose a suitable treatment plan. If your bad breath stems from other medical conditions, treating the underlying issues will probably get rid of the smell, too. Your dentist may give you anti-bacteria mouth rinse and toothpaste to ease the problem.
Lifestyle changes & Home remedies
What are some lifestyle changes or home remedies that can help me manage bad breath?
To prevent bad breath, you should adopt healthy dental habits like brushing your teeth right after you eat. Flossing greatly helps since it can remove food stuck in places your toothbrush cannot reach. Do not forget your tongue, either because it is where most bacteria live. Here are a few tips to improve your breath smell as well as your health in general:
- Stop smoking;
- Drink plenty of water;
- Chew sugarless gum to stimulate saliva;
- Limited sugary food consumption;
- Avoid foods such as onion, garlic;
- Change a new soft-bristled toothbrush every three to four months.
If you have any questions, please consult with your doctor to better understand the best solution for you.
Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
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Review Date: September 15, 2016 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017