The Causes of Bad Breath and How to Treat Them

Halitosis is when a foul odor comes from your mouth, an indication that you have bad oral hygiene. While halitosis is not a serious medical emergency, it can cause problems. Around 30% of the world’s population suffers from this problem. Luckily, halitosis can be treated easily if the underlying problem is caught in time.

Following are some of the factors that cause bad breath:

  • Tooth decay or gum disease
  • Poor Oral Hygiene: Not brushing teeth regularly or eating sugary and fatty food late at night and sleeping without brushing teeth
  • Dry Mouth: Saliva helps clean stuck food particles in the mouth. When there’s low saliva production, this can dry the mouth and cause bad breath. Dry mouth is associated with salivary gland problems, medications, tobaccos use, etc.
  • Tobacco: Use of tobacco leads to the buildup of gum disease slowly over time, which not only causes halitosis but other serious medical problems
  • Medical Conditions: lung or sinus infections, gastrointestinal disorders, tonsillitis, bronchitis some kidney or liver diseases and diabetes
  • Foods and Drinks: Foods and drinks that have a strong odor, when absorbed, are secreted in saliva during digestion

How to Fight Halitosis

The top three things that are a must to avoid halitosis are:

  1. Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristle brush, using toothpaste that has fluoride in it
  2. Floss once during the day and then rinse using a mouthwash to clear any food debris
  3. Schedule regular dental checkups

Let’s have a look at some of the remedies that will help you fight halitosis:

  • If you wear removable braces or dentures, then make sure to remove them before sleeping to avoid buildup of bacteria
  • In the morning, swish cool water in your mouth before brushing and then drink water throughout the day to keep your mouth fresh
  • Brush after a greasy meal and rinse your mouth for 30 seconds with an alcohol-free mouthwash
  • Replace your toothbrush after every three months
  • Use a tongue scraper every morning after brushing. This decreases dead cells, bacteria and fungi that cause bad odor
  • In a glass of water, add baking soda and few drops of peppermint essential oil. Rinse your mouth with this solution once a day, to kill any bacteria in your mouth
  • Wash an orange rind and chew on it for a few minutes. The citric acid in the rind fight’s bad breath by stimulating your salivary glands
  • Chew a sprig of basil, parsley or mint to neutralize odor in the mouth

Try these natural remedies to get rid of bad breath but don’t forget… visiting a dentist is equally important as following these tips. Until then, brush, scrape, rinse and floss!