Bad breaths are in most cases caused by problems in the mouth.
- Poor dental hygiene: Improper brushing, flossing and bad breath is caused due to food decay in the mouth.
- Infections in mouth like gum disease.
- Respiratory tract infections.
- Avoid coffee, tea and alcohol.
- Dry mouth (Xerostamia) which is caused due to medications, salivary gland problems or mouth breathing.
- Systemic diseases like diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease, lung disease, sinus disease, reflux disease .
- Psychiatric illness: In this the patient believes there is a bad breath. It is also called as pseudo halitosis.
- Maintaining oral hygiene.
- Brushing the teeth, tongue and gums after meals.
- Flossing daily.
- Clean your mouth after eating dairy products, fish and meat.
- Rinsing with mouthwash.
- Having dental check up regularly every 6 months
- Drink plenty of water every day.
You can use products to keep breath fresh and prevent from plaque formation like
- Sugar free gum.
- Sugarless breath mints.
- Raw carrots.
- Mouth washes can be given.
- Treat the cause.
When to call the doctor
If the bad breath is associated with
- Loose teeth.
- Painful, swelling gums.
- Bleeding ums.
- Sore throat.
- Discolored nasal discharge.
- Cough with mucus.