The mouth is considered the dirtiest part of the human body. It is exposed to a variety of bacteria and other infectious microorganisms in the process of eating. Poor dental hygiene has been stated as the cause of over 80% of all oral health issues. As such, poor hygiene may prove breed catastrophic oral health issues. Medical conditions such as Halitosis, more commonly referred to as bad breath, may be encountered.
What is Halitosis?
Halitosis is a medical condition characterized by chronically bad odor from the affected person’s mouth. Over the years, various causes have been considered as the cause for the condition to many individuals. The condition can however mostly be countered by the application of various dental hygiene procedures on a regular basis.
Causes of bad breath (halitosis)
Halitosis is a condition affecting a significant number of people. Its main symptoms include extended periods of chronic bad breath. In most cases, the affected person cannot smell their bad breath themselves. Here are some of the causes of halitosis
- Dental issues
Dental issues such as cavities and gum disease are a major contributor to the condition. It is therefore important that you go to a dentist on the realization of the symptoms, as it could be a sign of a much bigger problem.
- Mouse, throat, and nose infections
Bacteria feed on mucus. The throat and nose are therefore primary targets. In instances where a person may be battling sinus infections, halitosis may set in.
- Dry mouth
Saliva, though much underrated, is an important part of dental health. It helps clean the mouth of leftover food particles as well as fight some disease-causing microorganisms present in the mouth. Lack of enough saliva may, therefore, leave you prone to a number of potential dangers including Halitosis
Tobacco leaves distinct odors on smoker’s mouths. This may be the cause of conditions similar to Halitosis. Upon excessive use of tobacco products, the subject may develop gum disease breeding the full onset of halitosis.
Other conditions may include diabetes and kidney disease. The primary decision on the realization of such symptoms should be visiting a dentist
How to avoid bad breath
Bad breath is embarrassing makes those around us very uncomfortable.it is therefore important that oral hygiene is upheld. To deal with conditions such as h halitosis, the following steps are recommended.
Regular brushing- persons with the condition should brush their teeth at least twice a day for a minimum of 2 minutes during each session. This will help clean the teeth and tongue of food particles and bacteria. Use of fluoride toothpaste is best for its cleaning benefits
Cleaning between your teeth- food particles feed bacteria. Cleaning between your teeth is therefore important to reduce the chances of bacteria thriving in your mouth. For persons with the condition, this should be done at least once a day.
Drinking water- water is a basic remedy for most health conditions including Halitosis. It helps in cleaning the mouth as well as keeping your saliva production at optimum levels. This is the solution especially for persons whose main problem leading to the condition is a dry mouth.’
Sugarless gum- sugarless gum keeps your mouth active for long periods. This encourages the circulation of saliva in the mouth.
Oral health is important for a great quality of life. Halitosis is a condition common to most but with simple remedies. Since solutions to the condition back on oral hygiene, I recommend careful observation of cleanliness schedule.