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What is the treatment?

According to medical statistics about 25% of the population of the world suffer from the condition of bad breath or oral halitosis. Bad breath can be a cause of distress and embarrassment to many as it can gravely hamper their personal or sexual life. Bad breath is commonly caused due to unhygienic oral conditions. Other factors that give rise to bad breath are smoking, dryness of mouth, taking drugs, alcohol consumption and drinking too much caffeine. Children often suffer from halitosis due incorrect and almost no brushing and food particles that continue to remain stuck within the nasal cavity.

Other not so common yet highly plausible reasons for bad breath are crash diets that lead to the build-up of ketones, obstruction with the bowel movement, ketoacidosis and aspiration pneumonia. Aside from tooth decay and gum disease, bad breath is the third reason why more and more people feel the need to visit a dentist. It has been found that about one out of every four people suffer from bad breath every day. Very simple home remedies to rectify the problem of bad breath are regular brushing, drinking sufficient quantity of fluids and flossing. Certain lifestyle tweaking such as quitting smoking also eliminate the problem of bad breath to a great extent.

Sometimes bad breath can be a side effect of another disease such as cancer or liver or kidney disorders, or because of nasal, mouth and throat issues. The most common sign of halitosis is a foul stench originating from the mouth which refuses to go away.

How is the treatment done?

When you first visit the dentist, as a first step towards your treatment, the dentist will try to rate the extent of your condition on a scale of six-point intensity. In order to do this, he/she will scrape the back of the tongue and analyse the scrapings in order to assess the seriousness of the situation. There are a few detectors that can rate the intensity of the odour. These include halimeter, Beta-galactosidase test, BANA test and gas chromatography.

The doctor will likely prescribe you to visit the dentist at least two times in a year. He or she will also ask you to switch to a toothpaste or mouthwash that is imbued with antibacterial properties, if you haven’t already.

In case of presence of gum disorder such as an infection it might be better to seek the help of your dentist in order to remove the build-up of bacterial growth in the region between the gums and your teeth.

if the supervising dentist diagnoses a gum infection, then you may be asked to visit a periodontist or gum specialist. A gum disease will cause your gums to move away from the teeth. This will cause deep pockets to form in the mouth which will get filled with bacteria instead. These bacteria cause gum odour resultantly.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

Anyone who is suffering from extreme bad breath or tooth decay or gum diseases or any other disease that may be causing the bad breath as a side effect is eligible for the treatment.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

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Are there any side effects?

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What are the post-treatment guidelines?

The post-treatment guidelines of bad breath include using a toothpaste or mouthwash enriched with anti-bacterial properties, brushing regularly, at least twice a day; after waking up in the morning and before going to bed. Also, follow up your condition by making it a point to visit your dentist at least twice a year. Also, change your toothbrush every two to three months. When you change your brush, ensure to buy ones with a soft bristle as the other kinds may cause gum bleeding in case of harsh brushing. Prevent your mouth from becoming dry by keeping yourself hydrated and in taking lots of fluids throughout the day. In case you do not have access to water, chew a gum or suck on a sweet in order to stimulate the saliva manufacture.

How long does it take to recover?

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What is the price of the treatment in India?

The cost of antibacterial toothpastes can range from rupees forty to rupees seven hundred. The cost of anti-bacterial mouthwash ranges from about rupees forty to two-fifty. And the cost of good quality brushes can range from about eighty to about five hundred. Also, there are some electronic toothbrushes in the market that can cost as high as seven thousand rupees.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

If the post-treatment guidelines are strictly adhered to, then the results of the treatment could prove to be permanent in the long run.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

Other alternatives to the treatment include lifestyle and home remedies brushing after every meal (if possible), flossing, cleaning the dentures is a must, brush the tongue because often the food particles and dead cells ted to gather and accumulate on the topmost layer of the tongue. In this case using a tongue scraper greatly helps.

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Popular Health Tips

Tobacco - Know How Harmful It Is For Your Dental Health!

BDS, Certificate of Speciality Training In Restorative Dentistry & Endodontics, Advanced Certificate Course In Aesthetic Dentistry
Dentist, Mumbai
Tobacco - Know How Harmful It Is For Your Dental Health!

Tobacco has many ill effects on the health and dental health is one of them. From dark stains to poor gum health to increased incidence of decay to the more severe oral cancer, tobacco has a very detrimental effect on your dental health. Read on know more about how harmful tobacco can be on the dental system.

  1. Brown teeth and tongue: One of the tell-tale signs of a smoker are the brown teeth and stained tongue. A dentist need not even be told that the person smokes, it just shows!! What is interesting is that these stains do not go away with a scaling, they just continue to form as long as tobacco is being put into the system.
  2. Gum disease: The oral health of a smoker is definitely not at its best. With the stains on the teeth, the gums are more prone for irritation and infection. This leads to grayish, unhealthy gums. The periodontal fibers are also affected, leading to bad breath, pocket formation and even tooth mobility in severe cases. The mouth is generally drier in comparison and so bacterial growth is more favored, further accelerating the process of gum disease and teeth decay.
  3. Dental caries: The increased amount of bacteria leads to greater incidence of dental decay. Chances of cervical decay (around the gum line) and root decay are higher in smokers.
  4. Bad breath: There are two reasons to it one is the tobacco per se and the second is the dry mouth, which leads to reduced saliva and increased bacterial growth.
  5. Impaired taste: The tongue has a constant coating too, leaving the taste buds unable to completely taste food substances. Ask any smoker a couple of questions and you would realize how they never get to enjoy and taste the food as it should be.
  6. Poor healing: Whether it is a gum disease, a tooth removal or a root canal therapy, smokers who go for dental treatment need a longer time to respond compared to nonsmokers. If smoking is continued at the same pace, then the chances of developing a dry socket with an extraction or a failed root canal therapy are quite high. There are more failures reported in success of implant in smokers as compared to non smokers.
  7. Cancer: The most dangerous and the most severe of all, cancer of the cheek, gums, lips, tongue, roof of the mouth can all happen in smokers, twice more likely in comparison with non-smokers.

Now, if all these are not good enough to kick the habit, remember this list is only for the mouth and the teeth. The whole body goes through a lot more harmful effects, and that should be a good reason to quit tobacco use in any form. If you need professional help, do not be embarrassed to seek.

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Bleeding Of Gums And Bad Breath

BDS (Implantologist)
Dentist, Guwahati
Bleeding Of Gums And Bad Breath

Talk of a healthy mouth and most people would think of a decay-free set of teeth. However, the overall oral health is more due to healthy gums and check tissue. The gums or the gingival largely determines the health of the teeth. They not just cover the teeth but also provide anchoring support to the teeth. The gums and the surrounding tissue are together called as Periodontium.

While infection of the gums is called gingivitis and is a minor issue, the periodontal inflammation is more severe and may even cause tooth mobility and eventually loss. Periodontal infection is a chronic condition and is one of the main causes of bad breath or halitosis too.

Pink, swollen gums are one of the first symptoms of poor oral health, gradually leading to spontaneous gum bleeding. Apart from poor oral health, other reasons for bleeding gums include pregnancy, diabetes, mouth ulcers, mouth breathing, chemotherapy, tobacco users, hormonal imbalance, and vigorous brushing. Most can be managed by simply improving oral hygiene practices. If periodontal involvement is identified, it is advisable to see the dentist.

Methods To Treat Bleeding Gums and Breath-
Listed below are some common methods to manage bleeding gums and bad breath.


  1. Brushing: Advisable at least twice a day, but preferably after each meal. Use of a soft-bristled toothbrush is equally important, as hard bristles only cause more bleeding. Follow each massage with a simple plain finger gum massage – this improves blood circulation and thereby gum health.
  2. Rinsing: Any mouthwash will do, and if you are outside and can’t find anything within reach, use water. It has been the oldest rinse and works wonders. Swish it around the teeth for about 30 seconds and spit it out. If a medicated one is used, avoid eating for 30 minutes after the rinse.
  3. Floss: This gives special attention to the surfaces between the teeth which attracts food lodgment and is more prone to decay. Flossing removes plaque from between the teeth and reduces caries and gum problems, thereby reducing the incidence of gum disease and bad breath.
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Natural Remedies To Cure Bad Breath!

MDS - Orthodontics, BDS
Dentist, Meerut
Natural Remedies To Cure Bad Breath!
How to cure bad breath (halitosis) at home?

If you are suffering from bad breath problems, it is important that you brush and floss twice a day. Use fluoride-based toothpaste that will help you to keep your mouth clean and remove food debris and plaque. It is also important to brush your teeth before you go to bed because bacteria can grow in your mouth while you are asleep. It is also important that you scrape your tongue to remove any residue that may be building up after you eat your meals. 

Dental Decay & Bleeding Gums - An Insight!

PCAD, MCID Implant, BDS, Advanced Aesthetics
Dentist, Chandigarh
Dental Decay & Bleeding Gums - An Insight!

Tooth decay is one of the most common diseases affecting the oral cavity. Dental cavities is a highly prevalent condition, especially among children. In most cases, improper hygiene leads to deposition of food on the tooth. This in turn is acted upon by harmful bacteria, thus releasing acid that dissolves the tooth structure. In most cases, the decay starts on the outside of the tooth and gradually reaches the inner layers.

Gum diseases and bad breath

One would think that if you are decay free, you have a healthy mouth. However, overall oral health requires healthy gums as well. They cover the teeth and provide anchoring support to the jawbones. Minor infection (gingivitis) can progress to a severe condition (periodontitis), which causes teeth to shake and even fall out! It is one of the main causes of bad breath or halitosis too. Swelling of the gums gradually, leads to spontaneous bleeding, which is the first sign of trouble. This can be managed by simply improving oral hygiene. It is advisable to see the dentist.

Treat cavities and bleeding gums

Listed below are some common methods to manage bleeding gums and bad breath:

1. Brushing: Advisable at least twice a day using a soft bristled toothbrush.

2. Flossing: Flossing removes plaque from between the teeth and reduces chances of decay and gum problems

3. Eating Healthy: Bad food habits are one of the main reasons of bad breath. A bad digestive system manifests as bad breath and so eating healthy is very important for healthy gums. Adequate water, fiber, calcium and Vitamin C are essential for gum health, so ensure they find a place in your diet.

4. Annual Dental Visits: Visit your dentist once in 6 months. Simple procedures that do not require time or money like regular scaling will help improve the teeth and gum health while reduce bad breath issues.


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Bad breath!

BDS, MDS Prosthodontics
Dentist, Bangalore
Bad breath!


Bad breath medically called halitosis can result from poor dental health habits and may be a sign of other health problems. Bad breath can also be made worse by the types of foods you eat and other unhealthy lifestyle habits.

Main reasons-

  1.  Plaque buildup around teeth and gums
  2. Coating over the tongue
  3. Dry mouth /lack of hydration
  4. Allergies/sinusitis
  5. Acid reflex and improper diet

Tips to stay away from bad breath-

  1. Brush your teeth twice daily
  2. Use dental floss to clean between your teeth
  3. Replace your toothbrush every 3 months
  4. Use a tongue cleaner
  5. Follow a healthy balanced diet
  6. Avoid smoking and alcohol consumption
  7. Drink lots of water
  8. Chew sugar-free gum after eating food to stimulate the flow of saliva
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Popular Questions & Answers

I have bad breath problem and body odor. This causes me depression and anti social as I scare to open mouth chat with them.

Dentist, Mohali
Most probably you need complete scaling (cleaning) of teeth. Your dentist will prescribe some antiseptic mouthwash which will heal gum disease and reduce bad breath problem.

I am 28 years old, my mouth stinks a lot. I do not smoke nor drink, even though. I have been suffering from last 2 years, my tests relating to liver, kidney and throat bacterial tests were normal. I am suffering a lot, kindly help.

BHMS, Diploma in Dermatology
Homeopath, Hyderabad
Hi, This condition is called as Halitosis. Reasons are: Poor oral hygiene that means not doing brush properly Gingivitis infection of gum causes bleeding and foul smells Carries of teeth Indigestion and gerd This condition releases ammonia as a result foul smell. Try these simple steps to make your mouth feel fresh and clean. Brush and floss more often. Plaque, the sticky buildup on your teeth, collects bacteria that cause bad breath. Rinse your mouth out. Scrape your tongue. Avoid foods that sour your breath.

Hi, Please suggest Last 7 years l having bad breath. Even when I am eat something smell comes very badly Please let me know what is the reason and how to cure I having dry cough in my throat and nose?

MD - Tuberculosis & Respiratory Diseases / Pulmonary Medicine, MRCP (UK)
Pulmonologist, Vijayawada
There are quite a few causes for bad breath. We need to look for any dental infections and food impaction. The inflammation from the back of throat with sinusitis or allergic rhinitis can cause bad breath. Occasionally severe gastritis could cause bad breath. First check with dentist if oral hygiene is good, visit pulmonologist. Can be cured depending on the cause. Meanwhile brush twice use dental floss if any food impaction. Mouth gargling with warm water will help soothing throat.
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Table of Content

What is the treatment?
How is the treatment done?
Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)
Who is not eligible for the treatment?
Are there any side effects?
What are the post-treatment guidelines?
How long does it take to recover?
What is the price of the treatment in India?
Are the results of the treatment permanent?
What are the alternatives to the treatment?
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Bad Breath
Hi friends, this is Dr Goyal from Mumbai, I am a dentist. I am here to talk about the most complicated topic which is the least discussed topic in dentistry is bad breath.

Studies have shown that more than 50% of people suffer from bad breath at some or the other time in their life. Bad breath as we in our language call Halitosis, can be because of a barrage of reasons there can be a lot of reasons for bad breath something like bacteria which are there in our mouth, they are there in the mouth always. When we feed them with a lot of food stuff which we don t clean from our mouth they eat up that food causing a lot of bad breath, the second can be dry mouth which may happen because of dehydration certain medicines or some other reasons which are not letting you saliva form. Gum disease can form a lot of bad breath. There is certain food stuff which can cause bad breath, something like garlic onions they can give you bad breath, some unhealthy lifestyle habits like smoking, tobacco chewing can cause a lot of trouble. Then there are systemic diseases which can lead to bad breath, the systemic diseases may be something like diabetes, sinusitis or gastro oesophagal reflux which can lead to bad breath.

Now that we know what causes bad breath let us try and understand how we can control this bad breath. First and foremost comes to the healthy habit of keeping our mouth clean after eating anything after consuming anything we need to clean our mouth, brushing after every meal may not be possible it is recommended but not possible many times, at least rinse your mouth forcefully to remove all your food stuff. In case you notice your gums bleeding or any other problem developing in your mouth please visit your dentist who can rectify the problem at the earliest. Get rid of bad habits like smoking tobacco chewing which will cause many other complicated problems other than bad breath. If your dentist finds that your bad breath is not controlled even after you have a healthy mouth he may suggest you a medical opinion where in your systemic problems can be diagnosed and treated by your physicians. Keep the saliva flowing always keep consuming small sips of water throughout the day to stop your mouth from drying, you can consume healthy foods like carrots, cucumbers of and on throughout the day which will help you produce more and more saliva, which will keep your mouth clean and let you avoid bad breath.

I hope this video helps you in taking care of bad breath.

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