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Monday, 11 April 2016

Halitosis - What? Why? Solutions.

'Halitosis' or bad breath is offensive to others. Bacteria are very fond of teeth, gums and tongue. When they act on food remnants stuck between teeth, they release certain chemicals leading to bad breath. What are the factors, contributing to bad breath & How to overcome it? Here are they:-

  • (i) Certain medicines used for high BP & allergies contribute to bad breath. (ii) Smoking (iii) Foods like Garlic & High Protein diets. (iv) Eating disorders (v) Chronic mouth breathing due to sinusitis, tonsillitis and nose block. (vi) Dry mouth, caused by decreased saliva production (vii) Dental plaque (viii) Infections in gums teeth or oral mucous membrane and mouth ulcers. (ix) Liver, kidney and gastrointestinal disorders. & (x) Orthodontic problems.

  • Now follow the solutions to overcome this bad breath problems. Drink water after every meal and in between whenever your mouth feel dry.

  • Abstain from smoking and / or chewing tobacco.

  • As you cannot avoid heavily spiced food, you can limit it.

  • Underlying medical conditions like tonsillitis, sinusitis, nasal problems & diabetes should be taken care of.

  • Fad diets and very high protein diets should be avoided.

  • As sugar food, sticky chocolates & fizzy drinks generate bacteria, it is ideal to limit or avoid them.

  • Use a proper toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Take care by keeping them clean always.

  • Visit your dentist on a regular basis to ensure that your teeth and gums are in good condition.

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