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Bad Breath Tips

Tips to Maintain Oral Hygiene!

BDS
Dentist, Bhubaneswar
Tips to Maintain Oral Hygiene!

Presently human dentition plays a major role in enhancing the facial aesthetics and overall personality of an individual.


Good dentition not only helps a person to chew food efficiently but also maintains the facial value and phonetics.
Nowadays I see patients coming up with a common complaint of bad breath, swollen gums, bleeding gums, food impaction between teeth, blackening and staining of teeth, sensitivity on intake of hot and cold beverages…even after brushing efficiently on a daily basis.


On this context, emphasizing on bad breath, I would like to enlighten certain tips and awareness.


Currently, our day to day eating habits of junk food, spicy food not only affects our overall health but also our oral cavity in many ways.
Not rinsing mouth after taking meals, snacks in between meals, intake of sticky food leads to food impaction in between teeth as millions of harmful bacteria reside on each and every surface of teeth.
There is ‘v-shaped’ valley like space between all teeth that provides a channel for food to flow in and out therefore accelerates in self-cleansing mechanism. When food gets lodged in these spaces for a longer period, leads to gum recession i. E, gums begin to form a pocket below the gumline trapping food.
Overtime the supporting tissues periodontium (the ligament that connects the tooth to the bone) and bone get destroyed hence the pockets deepen providing larger space to live, multiply and destroy the tooth and the surrounding tooth-supporting structures.
Hence properly brushing your teeth for 2-3 min, twice daily, plays a major role to keep your oral cavity clean and healthy.

Advice and precautions -

  •  Brush your teeth using a circular motion and give back and forth strokes covering the inner-outer and chewing surface of teeth.
  • Tongue scraper is equally important to remove the harmful bacteria layer that forms on the upper surface of the tongue.
  • Use of interdental aids available in various sizes, shapes and designs in the form of toothbrush and floss should be routinely used in order to keep the interdental areas clean.
  •  Use mouthwash as advised, as its antibacterial property helps in eliminating the toxins and harmful bacteria away.
  • It is advisable not to eat or drink anything for half an hour after using a mouth rinse.
  • Visit to the dentist once in every 6 months is very necessary to keep your oral cavity clean and to maintain your overall health.
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Mouth Breathing - How Can It Affect The Children?

Dr. Banashri Bordoloi Bhuyan 89% (18 ratings)
BDS (Implantologist)
Dentist, Guwahati
Mouth Breathing -  How Can It Affect The Children?

Mouth breathing in children is very common and while a kid with an open mouth might seem cute, it is not always the case. The parents need to be made aware that a child breathing through the mouth all the time is not normal and it is high time they find a way to manage it.

A little understanding of the effects of the mouth breathing habit on the child's health in general and oral health, in particular, can be an eye-opener for the parent. For an educated person, there are obvious symptoms, which indicate that the child is a mouth-breather.

These symptoms include:

1. Dryness of the lips
2. Crowding of the front teeth
3. Snoring
4. Sleeping with the mouth open
5. Recurrent infections of the airways including sinusitis and middle ear infections
6. Bad breath

Common causes include:

1. Chronic nasal obstruction/congestion because of which the child is not able to get enough oxygen through the nose.
2. Enlarged tonsils or adenoids
3. Thumb or finger-sucking habit
4. Recurrent respiratory infections

Effects of mouth breathing on oral health

Mouth breathing may seem like a harmless habit, but has serious effects on the oral and dental health of the child. Some of them are discussed below.

1. Dry mouth: A constantly open mouth can lead to drying up of the saliva. This, in turn, leads to reduced effects of saliva including the flushing effect on the bacteria and the food deposits. This leads to increased chances of tooth decay and gum diseases.

2. Tooth decay: With reduced saliva, the pH remains acidic for a longer period of time, leading to increased chances of tooth decay.

3. Gum diseases: Reduced amounts of saliva also leads to increased gum disease and periodontal disease as the bacteria are not removed and have a conducive environment to act upon.

4. Facial development: A mouth breathing child maintains a different posture than a nose breather. This leads to a narrow and long face, flattened nose, smaller nostrils, reduced facial tone, thin upper lip, pouty upper lip, and a small lower jaw.

5. Speech: An open mouth causes the tongue to thrust into the palate when talking. This leads to the altered pronunciation of some sounds; especially and can cause lisping.

6. Braces: Mouth breathing causes multiple challenges including prolonged treatment period, inability to close the gaps, reduced stability of the realigned teeth, and increased chances of relapse. The added complication of increased gum disease and tooth decay makes it worse. The habit needs to be corrected first before going in for braces.

If that sounds like a long list, they are not all-inclusive. Early intervention in the habit can correct and negate all these effects. Talk to your dentist to know how to help your mouth breathing child.

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Oil Pulling - Know Utility Of It!

Dr. Ashwini Vivek Mulye 91% (501 ratings)
Fellowship Course in Panchkarma, BAMS
Ayurvedic Doctor, Navi Mumbai
Oil Pulling - Know Utility Of It!

Oil pulling includes gargling oil around the mouth like a mouthwash. During oil pull you put a tablespoon of oil in your mouth and then rinse it around for 15 to 20 minutes. The advantage of doing this is, it decreases the measure of unsafe bacteria in the mouth. The microscopic organisms in the mouth create a biofilm on the teeth a thin layer that they use to stick to the surface. This is what we call ‘plaque’.

Having some plaque on your teeth is only normal. Yet, when it gets out of hand, it can bring about a wide range of issues, including bad breath, yellow teeth, gum aggravation, gingivitis and cavities. The way oil pulling works is basic. When you are gargling oil around your mouth, the bacteria get stuck in it and break down in the fluid oil. 

Here is a step-by-step instruction for the procedure:

  1. Add 1 or 2 teaspoons of oil in your mouth - Natural sesame oil is generally used in oil pulling. It is also okay to go with natural coconut oil.
     
  2. Rinse for around 20 minutes - The oil will get thicker and smooth as it blends with the saliva during this time and it should be velvety white while releasing. It will be two-fold in volume during this time because of the salivation. It can be difficult to gargle for the full 20 minutes, but it is very effective.
     
  3. Spit the oil into a dustbin in case you have a septic framework - Do not spit into the sink. The oil may thicken and clog the pipes. Try not to swallow the oil as it is ideally full of bacteria, poisons and discharge that are currently not in the mouth. 
     
  4. Wash well with warm water - Warm water will clean the mouth better. Rinse a couple of times with warm water to get any residual oil out of the mouth. A few sources prescribe washing with warm saltwater. 
     
  5. Brush well - Try to brush with a brushing blend to ensure any bacteria that still remains, is killed.

Some of the most common benefits of oil pulling are as follows:

  1. Can reduce harmful bacteria in the mouth: Streptococcus mutans is one of the principal bacteria in the mouth and a key player in plaque development and tooth decay.
     
  2. Can reduce plaque and gingivitis: Gingivitis is caused by the aggravation of the gums and happens when the immune system begins attacking the microbes in the plaque.
     
  3. Can reduce bad breath: Bad breath, also called halitosis, is caused by the scent of chemicals and gasses delivered by the bacteria in the mouth.

Oil pulling can be really effective and can combat many oral problems even before they develop.

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Chronic Bad Breath - How To Administer It?

Dentist, Mumbai
Chronic Bad Breath - How To Administer It?

One thing that can put away talking to someone very interesting is bad breath. And it is a common problem. While most just try to use mouth wash and chewing gums to keep it away, it is important to note that bad breath can be a sign of underlying causes, both in the mouth and the body as a whole.  

Identifying the reason can help in early diagnosis and prompt treatment of the actual disease.

There could be oral and general causes for bad breath or halitosis as it is medically called.  Food habits and other lifestyle habits including smoking can also lead to bad breath.

Oral causes:

  • Presence of food debris in a moist environment (saliva) is ideal for the oral bacteria to act on the food particles and break them down. This causes bad breath, when it leads to plaque formation and it then calcifies into a hardened substance called calculus. Plaque and calculus are the main ingredients for tooth decay and periodontal disease.
  • Severe tooth decay leads to bad breath as does periodontal infections. In severe cases, there could even be abscess formation in the root area of the tooth with pus formation. 
  • Unclean dentures are another source of halitosis. There could be food lodged in between teeth or the undersurface of the denture, leading to bad breath.
  • Dry mouth or xerostomia - Certain diseases and drugs can lead to dry mouth with reduced amounts of saliva.  Saliva has a natural flushing effect on the bacteria, and in its absence, the bacteria thrive, leading to a bad odour.

General health:  Chronic diseases like gastroesophageal reflux disease, digestive disorders, liver disorders, cancer, and diabetes can lead to bad breath. 

Others:

  • Long-term smoking and/or chewing tobacco and alcohol are also reasons for bad breath.
  • Crash diets:  People on low-carb diets can have bad breath, owing to the burning of the fat and producing ketones, which have a strong smell.
  • Medications: Nitrates to reduce angina, chemotherapy agents for cancer, phenothiazines for anxiety can all lead to bad breath. They reduce saliva and/or release chemicals causing bad breath.

Management:

 The first step in managing halitosis is to nail the cause down, which makes it easier to treat.

  • Start with oral hygiene check, and if there is decay or gum disease, consider restorations and cleaning.
  • Mouth rinses can be used in the maintenance phase.
  • Cessation of tobacco use should be considered.
  • General health conditions like GERD should be managed.
  • Artificial saliva in cases of xerostomia.
  • Alternative medications if they are causing the bad breath.

Oral breath is definitely embarrassing but can be managed very easily.

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Mouth Breathing & Oral Health In Children - Is There A Link?

Dr. Nishant Tewari 92% (6868 ratings)
MDS - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Fellow of Academy of General Education (FAGE), BDS
Dentist, Patna
Mouth Breathing & Oral Health In Children - Is There A Link?

Mouth breathing in children is very common and while a kid with an open mouth might seem cute, it is not always the case. The parents need to be made aware that a child breathing through the mouth all the time is not normal and it is high time they find a way to manage it.

A little understanding of the effects of the mouth-breathing habit on the child's health in general and oral health, in particular, can be an eye-opener for the parent. For an educated person, there are obvious symptoms, which indicate that the child is a mouth-breather.

These symptoms include:

1. Dryness of the lips
2. Crowding of the front teeth
3. Snoring
4. Sleeping with the mouth open
5. Recurrent infections of the airways including sinusitis and middle ear infections
6. Bad breath

Common causes include:

1. Chronic nasal obstruction/congestion because of which the child is not able to get enough oxygen through the nose.
2. Enlarged tonsils or adenoids
3. Thumb or finger-sucking habit
4. Recurrent respiratory infections

Effects of mouth breathing on oral health

Mouth breathing may seem like a harmless habit, but has serious effects on the oral and dental health of the child. Some of them are discussed below.

1. Dry mouth: A constantly open mouth can lead to drying up of the saliva. This, in turn, leads to reduced effects of saliva including the flushing effect on the bacteria and the food deposits. This leads to increased chances of tooth decay and gum diseases.

2. Tooth decay: With reduced saliva, the pH remains acidic for a longer period of time, leading to increased chances of tooth decay.

3. Gum diseases: Reduced amounts of saliva also leads to increased gum disease and periodontal disease as the bacteria are not removed and have a conducive environment to act upon.

4. Facial development: A mouth breathing child maintains a different posture than a nose breather. This leads to a narrow and long face, flattened nose, smaller nostrils, reduced facial tone, thin upper lip, pouty upper lip, and a small lower jaw.

5. Speech: An open mouth causes the tongue to thrust into the palate when talking. This leads to altered pronunciation of some sounds and can cause lisping.

6. Braces: Mouth breathing causes multiple challenges including prolonged treatment period, inability to close the gaps, reduced stability of the realigned teeth, and increased chances of relapse. The added complication of increased gum disease and tooth decay makes it worse. The habit needs to be corrected first before going in for braces.

If that sounds like a long list, they are not all-inclusive. Early intervention in the habit can correct and negate all these effects. Talk to your dentist to know how to help your mouth breathing child.

2984 people found this helpful

Oral Hygiene Tip!

Dr. Arunima Chandra 91% (421 ratings)
BDS , MCP
Dentist, Bangalore
Oral Hygiene Tip!

Clean the surface of your tongue daily by using a professional tongue cleaner as they remove bacteria which contribute to bad breath (halitosis).

Mouth Odour And Its Homeopathic Treatment!

Dr. Santosh Kachhap 89% (37 ratings)
Bachelor of Homoeopathic Medicine and Surgery
Homeopathy Doctor, Ranchi
Mouth Odour And Its Homeopathic Treatment!

Bad breath is a condition that usually results from poor oral health or digestive problems. Bad breath may also cause social awkwardness and self-esteem issues. The practitioner first carries out a diagnosis to detect the symptoms and prescribes a remedy accordingly.

The various causes of bad breath are -

1. Irregular brushing habits
2. Tobacco consumption
3. Consuming certain foods like onion and garlic may result in a foul smell
4. Yeast infections in the mouth
5. Dry mouth where saliva production is minimal
6. Illnesses such as kidney problems may cause bad breath


Homeopathy focusses on providing a holistic treatment rather than a symptom based treatment.
The various homeopathic remedies for bad breath are -

1. Pulsatilla-

If you have bad breath along with dry mouth, Pulsatilla can be an effective remedy. Pulsatilla is a very effective treatment for getting rid of bad breath along with dry mouth.

2. Merc sol-
It is very effective in treating bad breath along with increased production of saliva. If your salivary glands are overactive and have a moist mouth, then this remedy is recommended. It is also useful in getting rid of bad breath that occurs from dental cavities.

3. Carbo veg-
If the bad breath results from infections such as gingivitis and gum bleeding, then you may use this remedy. It is also used in the treatment of pus discharge from the gums.

4. Carbolic acid-
Carbolic acid is used to treat bad breath along with constipation. The symptoms are bloated abdomen, abdominal cramps and nausea.

5. Kreosote-
This remedy is recommended for bad breath that results from dental caries. It may lead to bleeding from your gums due to teeth decay.

6. Belladona-
Belladona is a treatment that is recommended for bad breath that results from a throat infection. The throat infection may be accompanied by symptoms of fever.

7. Nux vomica-
Nux vomica is used for treating symptoms of bad breath along with cold. This also relieves symptoms of indigestion and constipation.

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Tips To Remove Bad Oral Breath!

Dr. Jyoti Ranjan 91% (623 ratings)
Post-Graduate Certificate in Endodontics, B.D.S
Dentist, Cuttack
Tips To Remove Bad Oral Breath!

Bad breath? brush your tongue. Cleaning the surface of your tongue can reduce the bacteria that cause bad breath.

6 Causes Of Bad Breath And Its Homeopathic Treatment!

Dr. Amarjeeth Chilargikar 92% (43 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopathy Doctor, Bangalore
6 Causes Of Bad Breath And Its Homeopathic Treatment!

Bad breath is a condition that usually results from poor oral health or digestive problems. Bad breath may also cause social awkwardness and self-esteem issues. The practitioner first carries out a diagnosis to detect the symptoms and prescribes a remedy accordingly.

The various causes of bad breath are

  1. Irregular brushing habits
  2. Tobacco consumption
  3. Consuming certain foods like onion and garlic may result in a foul smell
  4. Yeast infections in the mouth
  5. Dry mouth where saliva production is minimal
  6. Illnesses such as kidney problems may cause bad breath

Homeopathy focuses on providing a holistic treatment rather than a symptom based treatment.
The various homeopathic remedies for bad breath are

  1. Pulsatilla: If you have bad breath along with dry mouth, Pulsatilla can be an effective remedy. Pulsatilla is a very effective treatment for getting rid of bad breath along with dry mouth.
  2. Merc sol: It is very effective in treating bad breath along with increased production of saliva. If your salivary glands are overactive and have a moist mouth, then this remedy is recommended. It is also useful in getting rid of bad breath that occurs from dental cavities.
  3. Carbo veg: If the bad breath results from infections, such as gingivitis and gum bleeding, then you may use this remedy. It is also used in the treatment of pus discharge from the gums.
  4. Carbolic acid: Carbolic acid is used to treat bad breath along with constipation. The symptoms are bloated abdomen, abdominal cramps and nausea.
  5. Kreosote: This remedy is recommended for bad breath that results from dental caries. It may lead to bleeding from your gums due to teeth decay.
  6. Belladonna: Belladonna is a treatment that is recommended for bad breath that results from a throat infection. The throat infection may be accompanied by symptoms of fever.
  7. Nux vomica: Nux vomica is used for treating symptoms of bad breath along with cold. This also relieves symptoms of indigestion and constipation.
1400 people found this helpful

Dealing With Bad Breath!

Dr. Arunima Chandra 91% (421 ratings)
BDS , MCP
Dentist, Bangalore
Dealing With Bad Breath!

Bad breath? brush your tongue. Cleaning the surface of your tongue can reduce the bacteria that cause bad breath.

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