Content Contributor and dentist, Mojisola Olujitan shares on the Common causes of BAD BREATH.
Let’s cut to the chase; bad breath is uncomfortable and awkward. For everyone involved. Everyone. Bad breath could be as a result of something as uncomplicated as eating smelly foods like garlic and onions and less commonly, more unfavorable medical conditions. The good news is, the most common causes of bad breath are easily preventable by good oral hygiene practices, and you know, maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Some of the most common causes of halitosis (Fancy name for bad breath) are listed below;
- Poor Oral Hygiene.
Surprise, surprise! Failing to take proper care in brushing your teeth or frankly just not doing it at all could cause bad breath. I bet you didn’t know that. (Just kidding, I’m sure you already knew that… You did, right?)
- Coated tongue.
Notice a whitish or yellowish coating on your tongue? Well, neglecting to clean your tongue when you brush your teeth could result in an unsightly collection of debris on your tongue. Bacteria naturally present in your mouth have a field day acting on it and release gases which, you guessed it, don’t smell pleasant.
Only using a toothbrush or a tongue cleaner should take care of the problem. If this doesn’t work, see a dentist!
Long standing cavities, in addition to having more severe consequences, could cause bad breath. If you have any cavities, painful or not, promptly visit a dentist to get them fixed.
- Gum disease.
Various stages of gum disease may manifest with bad breath. Depending on the extent of gum disease, stringent oral hygiene practices may suffice. Otherwise, a visit to the dentist becomes necessary.
Besides the numerous adverse effects of smoking, not everyone finds the smell pleasant. Keeping breath mints or sugar-free gum handy should suffice to keep the odour at bay.
Bad breath could sometimes be a pointer to more severe medical conditions such as chronic diseases of the sinuses (Air-filled spaces in your cheeks and forehead. Don’t panic, they’re normal!) and airway and could aid diagnosis. Visit your nearest dentist and physician if you have any concerns.
Have a great week!