Do you have a bad smell in your mouth?
Halitosis or “bad breath” (fetor ex ore) is a relatively minor health problem that can be upsetting. You can often feel uncomfortable with your partners and colleagues. The inconvenient cause of halitosis is that many people are unaware that they have it, and that is because the nose cells responsible for the sense of smell do not actually respond to a continuous stream of bad smell.
We will give a few reasons for the bad smell of the oral cavity:
- tooth decay, old fillings, toothpicks visible or invisible under the teeth gums.
- not regular brushing and cleaning with dental floss.
- periodontal diseases that cause teeth to become loose, thereby creating pockets where bacteria colonize and lead to bad breath.
- narrow spaces between teeth, improper dental work, stalled food, pus inflammation, and unclean prosthetic devices.
- smoking, alcohol, and systemic diseases such as diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease and more.
- consumption of certain medicines, especially those that reduce saliva flow and lead to dry mouth (antidepressants, antihistamines, etc.).
Here are some tips on how to get rid of bad breath:
- brushing your teeth 3 times a day and cleaning with dental floss once a day.
- clean your tongue before bed.
- replacement of old seals or bridges.
- regular professional ultrasound cleaning of tartar.
- remediation of the disease presumed to have led to halitosis.
- prevent hunger by eating regularly.
- Reduce alcohol, cigarette and coffee consumption, and drink at least 8 glasses of water daily to keep your mouth moist.
- Ask your doctor or pharmacist if your medicines cause dry mouth which can lead to bad breath.
- Ask your dentist for advice on maintaining the proper care of your gums and teeth.