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Which is the cause of halitosis?

Bad breath is a symptom of the temporarily poor oral hygiene condition, but it can also exist due to the backlog of food particles or gum disease.

* What is bad breath?

Over 90 million people is suffering halitosis often. In most cases, it originates from the gums and tongue. The odor is caused by bacteria from the tooth decay, food debris remains in the mouth, and poor oral hygiene. The decay and debris produce a sulfur compound that causes the unpleasant odor.

Causes of bad breath and disposal method? The odor is caused by bacteria from the tooth decay, food debris remains in the mouth, and poor oral hygiene. Proper brushing including brushing the tongue, cheeks and roof of the mouth would remove bacteria and food debris. Use dental floss to remove the accumulated bacteria, plaque and food trapped between teeth. Mouthwash has temporary effect in reducing bad breath, if this issue persists, look for consultant from dentist.

* Bad breath is caused by other than the mouth?

Bad breath can also occur in people who have an infection, gum disease, diabetes, kidney failure or liver failure. Moreover, stress, dieting, snoring, age, endocrine disorders, dry mouth, smoking can also affect your breath. An odor that comes from the bottom of tongue is a sign of the nasal drip.


Mucus secretion from the nose to the throat, remained at the tongue. It can also originate from the stomach but it is rare. Also, the smelled food like onions, garlic, coffee ... also cause bad breath.

* Why is saliva so important in avoiding bad breath?

Saliva is the key factor in the mouth to help control odor, because it helps wash away food debris and bacteria - the cause of bad breath temporarily. However, when you sleep, the salivary glands work less will allow bacteria to grow in the mouth. To reduce "morning mouth," brush your teeth and eat breakfast. People who skip breakfast are warning odor may reappear even if you've brushed your teeth.

*How can we control bad breath?

-Good oral hygiene status is important: such as brushing, flossing at least 2 times / day. To reduce odors, clean your tongue with your toothbrush or a tongue scraper to remove bacteria and plaque on the tongue Chewing sugar-free gum can also reduce odor. If you have dentures or removable teeth, clean the appliance thoroughly before placing it back in your mouth. Before you use mouthwash, deodorant sprays, consult your dentist because these products only mask the odor temporarily and there are some products work better.

* The role of the dentist is what?

Making frequent visits at the dental clinic for the periodic inspection will help you detect problems early. Check and scrape tartar can help eliminate plaque and bacteria that forms on teeth suface. If you think that you are annoyed by bad breath, your dentist will help you determine the cause or if your dentist determine problem caused by the body issue such as infection they will refer you to a specialist for treatment.


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