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Bad Breath

bad breathThere can be several reasons for bad breath. Starting from abdominal problems to dietary factors and teeth problems, the majority of the causes can be found inside the mouth.

They are listed below:

  1. Dorsum of tongue (due to bacterial growth in between the papilla)
  2. Dental cavities (mostly when food debris get trapped in them)
  3. Gum disorders
  4. During the healing and repair of tooth extraction sites
  5. Inadequately clean dentures
  6. Tobacco and alcohol

If you feel that you or someone you know has the problem of bad breath, your first step should be to visit your dentist for a dental examination. Your dentist will check your oral cavity to verify or rule out the origin of bad breath.

Once the reason for your bad breath is identified, treatment will be decided and detailed information about the procedure will be given to you by your dentist.

If the origin of the bad breath is your oral cavity, there is a slight possibility that mouth rinses or mints can solve the issue. They generally hide the problem for a small time period, and at some rare occasions the situation might get worsened. (Mouthwashes with alcohol content lead to a dry mouth and generally increase the bad breath).

There can be some other reasons for bad breath that are not mouth related:

  1. Sore throat
  2. Infection of the tonsils
  3. Some type of food items
  4. Infection of air passages

Maintenance of good oral hygiene and paying regular visits to your dentist for routine dental examinations are the finest means to keep bad breath at bay.

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