BAD BREATH or HALITOSIS
Bad breath, refers to unpleasant odours exhaled in breathing. In most of the cases, the millions of bacteria that live in the mouth are the primary causes of bad breath. In 90% of cases, bad breath originates from the mouth itself. Halitosis has a significant impact on personally. It may be transient or persistent.
Causes are poor oral hygine, Postnasl discharge due to sinusitis or some bacteria in the mouth may produce gaseous compounds that cause bad breath.
Food. Eating foods having volatile oils (e.g. onions, garlic) cause bad breath. After these foods are digested and the pungent oils are absorbed into the bloodstream, they are carried to the lungs and are given off in the breath until the food is eliminated from the body.
A person may not be aware of his own bad breath. because odour-detecting cells in the nose eventually become accustomed to the constant flow of bad smells from the mouth. Other people may notice and react by recoiling as you speak.
Prevention: Bad breath caused by dental problems can be prevented by
avoiding the specific food types. drinking plenty of water daily and chewing sugar free gum to stimulate salivary flow.
Treatment Options: Treatment of bad breath depends on its cause.