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Halitosis - What Causes Bad Breath ?

What Causes Bad Breath?

Bad breath is a condition of mouth smelling, which can affect any person irrespective to their age. The word halitosis is taken from the Latin word "halitus." Halitosis can be a sign of tooth decay, gum disease, and other bodily problems.

Causes of Bad Breath (Halitosis)

The most common causes of bad breath include below:
  • Poor oral hygiene such as inadequate cleaning of the mouth, teeth, tongues, and gums due to which bacteria is formed within the mouth. This bacteria breaks down the small pieces of food in the mouth and releases unpleasant smelling gases further giving rise to halitosis.
  • Gingivitis (Gum disease)
  • Periodontitis (Gum infections)
  • Foods such as onions, garlic, cabbage, cauliflower, radish, and spices.
  • Alcohol.
  • Smoking.
  • Chewing tobacco.
  • Certain drugs and medications.
  • Liver Disease.

How to Prevent Bad Breath and Treatment for Bad Breath

One of the best ways to prevent bad breath is by maintaining oral hygiene, which involves the below:
  • Brush the teeth and clean the gums twice a day.
  • Use a mouth wash after each brushing
  • Rinse your mouth thoroughly after each meal to remove the food particles
  • Clean your tongue at least once a day.
  • Floss your teeth once a day to clean the areas where the food gets stuck
  • Consume less sugary foods.
  • Consume less sticky foods
Note: If the bad breath is occurring more often, it needs to be checked with a dentist.

Home Remedies for Bad Breath or Halitosis