Why do you have bad breath?
Oral care is important for so many reasons. Many people don’t know just how many health problems come from poor dental hygiene. Generally when people think of the importance of dental hygiene it’s for cosmetic or more social purposes.
Smell tends to be the main one. The one that people are the most self conscious about.
You’ve probably heard of morning breath. You might’ve even experienced it. There’s a reason for it: you produce less bacteria when you sleep, which means the bacteria that creates odour has more time to grow.
But sometimes the bad breath doesn’t stay in the morning. It’s not enough to just roll out of bed and brush your teeth. It lingers. It’s in these cases where bad breath can make you feel embarrassed or anxious. The fear of this happening is what drives people to focus on their dental hygiene.
It’s important to remember then that bad breath is incredibly common, and more often than not there is something that can be done about it. Do you know what can be done in most cases? You’ve guessed it! Mouth care, oral care, dental hygiene, whichever you call it.
Click here or scroll down to the FAQ section to find the answers to the most frequently asked questions about bad breath, including their causes and what to do about it.
Before you go though, back to the health risks that come from poor dental hygiene. More specifically by gum disease caused by poor dental hygiene. Some of them may surprise you, such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis and complications in pregnancy.
Conclusion, taking care of your mouth is more important than you think, so do what you can to limit the risks. You can find out more about that below, or by contacting your pharmacist through the Healthera App.
Frequently Asked Questions
Treating bad breath, or halitosis, is most commonly a simple process of improving oral hygiene. This includes:
- Brushing your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes each time
- Cleaning your tongue daily with a tongue scraper or cleaner
- Flossing daily
- Limiting your sugar and alcohol intake
- Having regular visits with a dentist
Technically speaking, your breath can smell like almost anything. If you eat garlic, it’ll smell like garlic right? But there are some bad breath smells that aren’t simply the smell of what you ate. These include:
- Rotten egg: Can be caused by an issue with your digestive system, such as GERD
- Fruity or sweet: Can be caused by untreated diabetes, or diabetic complications
- Moldy or fungus: Usually a symptom of a sinus infection
- Fecal: Can indicate a bowel obstruction - you should seek medical attention immediately
- Fishy or ammonia-like: Could be a sign of kidney failure
If your child has bad breath, you should first check their oral hygiene habits. It may be that there are missing steps, or ones that are being carried out thoroughly. You should also check that they are hydrated enough. If these don’t help, you should take them to a doctor.
You may feel that your bad breath is coming from your stomach if it’s accompanied by unwell feelings, or if it’s still there after brushing your teeth. The most common causes are:
- GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) or reflux: Alongside heartburn, the excess acid produced can have a sour smell that can affect your breath.
- Kidney disease: Chronic kidney disease can be identified by breath that is fishy or has a strong ammonia smell.
- Ulcers: H. pylori bacteria, a common cause of ulcers, has been linked to bad breath.
- Bowel obstruction: Fermenting substances inside the digestive tract that can’t move down can cause a bad odour.
In these cases, it is best to see a doctor to help find the root cause of the bad breath / halitosis. When you do so, it’s important to talk about your symptoms besides the odour. Your doctor will then be able to help you find a treatment.
If the cause is food that doesn’t agree with you, you may need to avoid the triggers, or possibly take probiotics to improve the health of your gut.
You will also need to practice good oral hygiene. Mouthwash and sugar free chewing gum will help with the symptoms in the meantime.
Yes. Infections like bronchitis, sinusitis and pneumonia are most likely to cause bad breath if your lungs are the cause due to the nasal secretions they cause draining into your mouth.
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