Bad breath is also termed as halitosis in medical jargon. It can be caused by bad eating habits and lack of proper dental hygiene. Not brushing and flossing your teeth on a daily basis can help food particles cling to your teeth and gums. This can create bad breath. Also, habits like excessive smoking and drinking can lead to this condition.
HOW IS BAD BREATH DIAGNOSED?
Dentists smell the breath from your mouth and from your nose and the rate the odors. For further testing, he may even scrape your tongue to rate the smell. Sophisticated devices for analyzing breath may not always be available.
HOW IS BAD BREATH TREATED?
Consistent practice of good oral hygiene is required to prevent or treat this problem as it help avoid cavities and also lower the risk of gum diseases. The dentist may recommend use of good mouth rinses and toothpastes that contains antibacterial agent. Regular teeth cleaning by a dentist is also recommended. Treatment for bad breath depends on the cause.
DID YOU KNOW?
Bad breath in children may be caused by a foreign body lodged in the nostril.