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Bad Breath - Causes And Dental Help!

Dr. Hetal Chheda 85% (10 ratings)
BDS, Certificate of Speciality Training In Restorative Dentistry & Endodontics, Advanced Certificate Course In Aesthetic Dentistry
Dentist, Mumbai
Bad Breath - Causes And Dental Help!

Bad breath also is known as Halitosis.
Maybe due to improper brushing, underlying gum disease, Diet, improper cleaning of the tongue. It may also be due to any underlying Health disease like diabetes, sinus infection, lung disease, Gastrointestinal problems etc. 
How can you prevent bad odor?
Proper brushing, flossing, Cleaning your tongue is important as most of the time the bad breath is due to not cleaning of your tongue. Mouth rinsing after taking every meal. Keep your self-hydrated and avoid drying of your mouth.
Visit your dentist for treatment of any gum diseases.

Homeopathic Treatment For Periodontitis!

Dr. Swarup Kumar Ghosh 89% (82 ratings)
MD - Bio-Chemistry, MF Homeo (London), DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery), BHMS
Homeopath, Kolkata
Homeopathic Treatment For Periodontitis!

Periodontitis is a serious gum infection that damages the soft tissue and destroys the bone that supports the teeth. Periodontitis can cause teeth to loosen or lead to tooth loss.
Periodontitis is common but largely preventable. It's usually the result of poor oral hygiene. Brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily and getting regular dental checkups can greatly improve your chances of successful treatment for periodontitis and can also reduce your chance of developing it.
There are several different types of periodontitis. The more common types include those below.
Chronic periodontitis is the most common type, affecting mostly adults, though children can be affected, too. This type is caused by plaque buildup and involves slow deterioration that may improve and get worse over time but causes destruction in the gums and bone and loss of teeth if not treated.
Aggressive periodontitis usually begins in childhood or early adulthood and affects only a small number of people. It tends to affect families and causes rapid progression of bone and tooth loss if untreated.

Necrotizing periodontal disease is characterized by the death of gum tissue, tooth ligaments and supporting bone caused by lack of blood supply (necrosis), resulting in severe infection. This type generally occurs in people with a suppressed immune system — such as from hiv infection, cancer treatment or other causes — and malnutrition.
Causes -
In most cases, periodontitis begins with plaque — a sticky film composed mainly of bacteria. If left untreated, here's how plaque can eventually advance to periodontitis:

  • plaque forms on your teeth when starches and sugars in food interact with bacteria normally found in your mouth. Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day removes plaque, but plaque re-forms quickly.
  • plaque can harden under your gumline into tartar (calculus) if it stays on your teeth. Tartar is more difficult to remove and it's filled with bacteria. The longer plaque and tartar remain on your teeth, the more damage they can do. You can't get rid of tartar by brushing and flossing — you need a professional dental cleaning to remove it.
  • plaque can cause gingivitis, the mildest form of periodontal disease. Gingivitis is irritation and inflammation of the part of your gum around the base of your teeth (gingiva). Gingivitis can be reversed with professional treatment and good home oral care.
  • ongoing gum inflammation can cause periodontitis, eventually causing pockets to develop between your gums and teeth that fill with plaque, tartar and bacteria. In time, these pockets become deeper, filling with more bacteria. If not treated, these deep infections cause a loss of tissue and bone, and ultimately you may lose one or more teeth. Also, ongoing chronic inflammation can put a strain on your immune system.

Symptoms -
Healthy gums are firm and pale pink and fit snuggly around teeth. Signs and symptoms of periodontitis can include:

  • swollen or puffy gums
  • bright red, dusky red or purplish gums
  • gums that feel tender when touched
  • gums that bleed easily
  • gums that pull away from your teeth (recede), making your teeth look longer than normal
  • new spaces developing between your teeth
  • pus between your teeth and gums
  • bad breath
  • loose teeth
  • painful chewing
  • a change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite

Risk factors -
Factors that can increase your risk of periodontitis include:

  • gingivitis
  • poor oral health habits
  • smoking or chewing tobacco
  • older age
  • hormonal changes, such as those related to pregnancy or menopause
  • substance abuse
  • obesity
  • inadequate nutrition, including vitamin c deficiency
  • genetics
  • certain medications that cause dry mouth or gum changes
  • conditions that cause decreased immunity, such as leukemia, hiv/aids and cancer treatment
  • certain diseases, such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and crohn's disease

Complications -
Periodontitis can cause tooth loss. And some research suggests that the bacteria responsible for periodontitis can enter your bloodstream through gum tissue, possibly affecting your heart, lungs and other parts of your body. For example, periodontitis may be linked with respiratory disease, rheumatoid arthritis, coronary artery disease or stroke. But more studies are needed to confirm a link.

Prevention -
The best way to prevent periodontitis is to follow a program of good oral hygiene, one that you begin early and practice consistently throughout life.

  • good oral hygiene. That means brushing your teeth for two minutes at least twice daily — in the morning and before going to bed — and flossing at least once a day. Flossing before you brush allows you to clean away the loosened food particles and bacteria.
  • regular dental visits. See your dentist or dental hygienist regularly for cleanings, usually every six to 12 months. If you have risk factors that increase your chance of developing periodontitis — such as having dry mouth, taking certain medications or smoking — you may need professional cleaning more often.

Homoeopathic remedies -
Homoeopathy today is a rapidly growing system and is being practiced all over the world. Its strength lies in its evident effectiveness as it takes a holistic approach towards the sick individual through promotion of inner balance at mental, emotional, spiritual and physical levels. When peridonditis is concerned there are many effective medicines are available in homoeopathy, but the selection depends upon the individuality of the patient, considering the mental and physical symptoms.

  • Mercurius sol 30 - Merc sol is one of the top remedy for inflammation of gums. Merc sol is prescribed where the gums inflamed, painful which is purple, swollen and spongy. Sometimes toothache associated with inflammation of gums. The gums recede, bleed and the tooth loose. Another marked feature is increased salivation accompanied with this complaint. Mouth full of saliva, which is soapy or stringy. Due to saliva the mouth is wet even then there is thirst for large quantities of cold water. The tongue is heavy, thick, moist, coated yellow, flabby, shows the imprint of teeth with ulcers, feels as if burnt. Profuse perspiration is another leading symptom. Bad odor from the mouth. All discharges from the body are offensive. The breath is putrid, offensive urine, stool, sweat etc.
  • Kreosotum 30 - Kreosotum is another effective remedy for peridonditis with rapid decay of teeth. The gums inflamed, turned bluish, spongy and bleeding. Putrid odour and bitter taste in mouth. Teeth appears dark, crumbly and black spots on teeth.
  • Carbo vegetabilis 30 - Carbo veg is effective for inflammation of gums with scorbutic gums. Blood oozes from the gums when cleaning teeth. Gums retracted and bleed easily, painful while chewing. Gums turned black. Bad smell and sour, bitter taste in mouth.
  • Alumen 30 - Alumen is best for peridonditis with loose teeth. Gums swollen, inflamed and spongy. Teeth and gums scorbutic.
  • Hepar sulphur 30 — Hepar sulph is indicated, where the gums and mouth painful to touch and bleed easily. Foul odor from breath.
  • Kali carbonicum 30 — Kali carb is another indicated remedy, where the gums separate from teeth. Itching in gums, pus oozes out. Much salivation. Mouth and tongue covered with burning, soreness or painful vesicles. Offensive odor from mouth.
  • Lachesis 30 - Lachesis is best for inflammation of gums with bluish appearance. The gum swollen, spongy and easily bleeding. There is bad odour and sour peppery taste in mouth. If with toothache the pain extends to ears.
  • Phosphorus 30 - Phosphorus is another top medicine for inflammation of gums with bleeding. The gums bleeding easily, sore behind incisors. Pain get worse from cold heat and while eating. Salty or sweetish saliva.
  • Silicea 30 - Silicea is best for inflammation of gums where the gum is sensitive to cold air and cold water. Teeth feel long and loose. Water tastes badly and vomits after drinking. There is an offensive odour from mouth and the mouth feels dry.
  • Staphysagria 30 - Staphysagria is best for inflammation of gums with teeth decay. The gums pale, swollen and bleed easily. There is much salivation. Teeth black and crumbling. Musty taste in mouth.
  • Thuja occidentalis 200 - Thuja is indicated for inflammation of gums with tooth decay. Teeth decay at the edge of gums, crumble, turn yellow. Gums very sensitive and retract.
     

Homeopathic Remedies That Can Be Beneficial In Treating Bad Breath!

Dr. Krupali Shah Satyawadi 85% (26 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Ahmedabad
Homeopathic Remedies That Can Be Beneficial In Treating Bad Breath!

Bad breath is a dental problem which could also emanate due to poor digestion. It can also be experienced as a side effect of other ailments as well as medications. Smoking and bad diet may lead to this and it usually becomes a matter of low self-esteem as time goes by. Homeopathy is one of the most natural forms of medication, treatment and wellness when it comes to such problems that affect the lifestyle of the patient. These medicines usually combine very small doses of naturally found elements so as to cure an ailment or condition. Yet, it is important to remember that one must get a prescription for these medicines from a professional medical practitioner.

Read on to know more about the types of homeopathic remedies available for bad breath.

  1. Merc Sol: If your bad breath problem also comes with symptoms like a moist mouth or constant dribbling, then this medicine may be prescribed. This usually happens when the salivary glands become too active and produce more moisture than what the mouth can handle on a normal basis.
  2. Pulsatilla: This medicine is usually prescribed if the patient complains of a dry mouth along with a bad breath problem. This helps in treating related symptoms like the lack of proper hydration due to the lack of thirst. Not drinking enough water can also lead to the problem of dry mouth and thereafter, a bad odour from the mouth.
  3. Kreosote: This medicine is considered as a very effective medication for bad breath, especially if the bad breath takes place due to caries in the teeth. This medicine can also help patients who are experiencing bleeding gums along with caries and bad breath.
  4. Hepar Sulphur and Carbo Veg: The combination of these two medicines is known as one of the best when it comes to treating bad breath. The other symptoms that call for the prescription of these medicines include Gingivitis or gum infection related problems and symptoms. When there is bleeding and pus in the gums due to the infection, then this medicine is usually prescribed. Excessive salivation is also another symptom that is treated by this medicine combination. Hepar Sulphur can be used if there is a throat-related infection or ailment that can lead to the problem of bad breath.
  5. Carbolic Acid: A homeopathic doctor will usually prescribe this medicine if the problem of bad breath is accompanied by intense and perpetual pain in the abdomen. The patient will also complain of gas in stomach due to the ailment that affects the stomach in such cases. This gives rise to many symptoms including bad breath. Loss of appetite is also treated by this medicine.

Maintenance Of Oral Hygiene!

Dr. Neelam Yadav 93% (594 ratings)
BDS
Dentist, Narnaul
Maintenance  Of  Oral  Hygiene!

Nowadays oral hygiene maintenance seems to be a difficult task for people due to their busy schedule. A few basic steps can be taken by an individual to get healthy gums and teeth.

 Rinse mouth properly after eating anything- this would prevent the formation of plaque. It is a soft, invisible, transparent layer which geta deposited on the tooth surface overtime. It has to be removed regularly. It can be removed by a brush and also by using a mouthwash. Plaque gets mineralised to form calculs/ tartar, which is a hard, stone-like deposit which is difficult to get removed by brushing. It requires a professional cleaning. Both plaque and calculus will lead to bad breath and gum problems.

 brush twice daily- brushing at night time before going to the bed is a must.

 visit a dentist every 1-2 years- get a scaling/cleaning done. It will remove calculus and stains.

 do saline warm water rinses.

 take more of fibrous foods, fruits and vegetables. Vitamin c containing fruits like amla and lemon should be taken for a stronger and healthier gums. 

 limit the intake of sugary, soft foods, chocolates etc.

use a mouthwash occasionally.

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Types Of Mouth Wash!

Dr. Hetal Chheda 85% (10 ratings)
BDS, Certificate of Speciality Training In Restorative Dentistry & Endodontics, Advanced Certificate Course In Aesthetic Dentistry
Dentist, Mumbai
Types Of Mouth Wash!

There are two types of mouth washes.

Therapeutic and cosmetic 

Therapeutic mouth wash contains active ingredients to control or reduce bad breath, plaque, gingivitis and tooth decay. It should be diluted before use as prescribed by the dentist. And for limited period of time and avoid prolong use. 

Cosmetic mouth wash temporarily control bad breath and leave behind a pleasent taste and have temporary effects.

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Bad Breath!

Dr. Puneet Kansal 92% (814 ratings)
MDS - Orthodontics, BDS
Dentist, Meerut
Bad Breath!

Teeth and gums is simply because excessive build-from plaque, this can be a sticky substance, introduced on by accumulation of bacteria on teeth. Plaque might be prevented using daily flossing and brushing habits and routine professional cleanings within your dental visits. Regrettably, due their busy lifestyles and dental anxiety, people not just give dental visits a miss, but additionally skip flossing and brushing on consistent basis, allowing the leftover plaque hardening inside a substance referred to as tartar. Tartar can't be removed through flossing and brushing which problem otherwise addressed quickly, can lead to inflammation of gums and pocket formation in regards to the gums and teeth. Odour producing bacteria thrives of those pockets, developing a sulphur compound, the real reason for foul odour, which results in smelly breath.

Why early charge of teeth and gums is important?

If teeth and gums remains untreated, the bacteria will migrate to a different soft tissues within the mouth, making smelly breath worse.

Keep in mind that teeth and gums is simply because inadequate good dental cleanliness, so never ignore your oral health. Practice good dental cleanliness and visit a good dental professional office regularly. Teeth and gums, if taken lightly causes not just smelly breath, but additionally makes treatment harder. According to dentist experts, many individuals who're advised root canal treatment are who made a decision to put dental appointments on hold after they experienced problems initially.

Treating smelly breath

The most effective approach to smelly breath is prevention. Mouth rinses and sprays can cover smelly breath, nevertheless they do not cure it. So, here's do the following to prevent teeth and gums and smelly breath:

regular at-home flossing and brushing

rinsing orally acquiring a recommended anti-microbial mouthwash

periodontal treatments, for instance scaling and planning within the good dental clinic.

twice-a-year professional cleanings

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Tongue Care!

Dr. Kushal Bhandari 90% (116 ratings)
Certified Implantologist, Advanced Aesthetics
Dentist, Pune
Tongue Care!

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

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Smoking - Know Its Danger!

Dr. Anuj Gupta 89% (677 ratings)
Post Graduate Certficate in Ksharsutra & Ano-Rectal Diseases, BAMS, IMA Ayush , Vaidratnam kerala
General Physician, Gurgaon
Smoking - Know Its Danger!

The consumption of tobacco by humans began many years ago and has taken many forms ranging from rolled tobacco leaves and pipes to cigarettes. Smoking is a habit that is easy to start, but is difficult to quit. Smoking has both short term effects such as bad breath, tooth and gum loss, premature ageing and weakened immune system and long term effects that impair the respiratory system and cardiovascular system.

Smoking can cause and worsen diseases like cancer of lungs, throat, mouth, kidneys and blood and other chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases. Smokers also have a higher risk of conditions such as dementia, cataract, pulmonary fibrosis, psoriasis, osteoporosis and optic neuropathy. Smoking can also affect fertility, cause erectile disorders and speed up the onset of menopause.

It is said that a smoker’s life expectancy is 10 years less than that of a non-smoker. There are three main components of cigarette smoke that can harm the body.

  1. Nicotine: Nicotine is what makes cigarettes addictive and make smoking a habit. In the beginning, it may stimulate the brain but in the long run, your body can begin to crave for nicotine. If this craving is not fulfilled, it can cause irritability, restlessness, headaches and shortened attention span.
  2. Tar: Tar in cigarettes contains many harmful chemicals and is deposited in the lungs. From here it enters the blood vessels and is carried to other parts of the body. In many ways, tar is akin to a poison.
  3. Carbon monoxide: Carbon monoxide affects the blood’s capacity to transport oxygen from the heart to the rest of the body. In the case of pregnant women, carbon monoxide can also reduce the amount of oxygen available to the growing foetus and hence cause complications in pregnancy. Children born to smokers are also said to have an increased risk of suffering from congenital defects and conditions like asthma.

The good news is that quitting it is possible and its benefits can be experienced right away. Within the first 72 hours of quitting, the bronchial tubes begin to open up and breathing becomes easier. If you stop smoking before the age of 50, you can reduce your risk of dying from smoking related complications by 50%. The most important part of quitting nicotine is your own determination and willpower. Nicotine replacement therapy in the form of gums, patches, lozenges and inhalers can also help deal with nicotine withdrawal symptoms and make the process easier.

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Homeopathic Remedies For Bad Breath!

Dr. Alok Kumar 89% (757 ratings)
BHMS, VLIR Belgium, Canadian Academy Of Homeopathy
Homeopath, Navi Mumbai
Homeopathic Remedies For Bad Breath!

Bad breath is a dental problem which could also emanate due to poor digestion. It can also be experienced as a side effect of other ailments as well as medications. Smoking and bad diet may lead to this and it usually becomes a matter of low self-esteem as time goes by. Homeopathy is one of the most natural forms of medication, treatment and wellness when it comes to such problems that affect the lifestyle of the patient. These medicines usually combine very small doses of naturally found elements so as to cure an ailment or condition. Yet, it is important to remember that one must get a prescription for these medicines from a professional medical practitioner.

Read on to know more about the types of homeopathic remedies available for bad breath.

  1. Merc Sol: If your bad breath problem also comes with symptoms like a moist mouth or constant dribbling, then this medicine may be prescribed. This usually happens when the salivary glands become too active and produce more moisture than what the mouth can handle on a normal basis.
  2. Pulsatilla: This medicine is usually prescribed if the patient complains of a dry mouth along with a bad breath problem. This helps in treating related symptoms like the lack of proper hydration due to the lack of thirst. Not drinking enough water can also lead to the problem of dry mouth and thereafter, a bad odour from the mouth.
  3. Kreosote: This medicine is considered as a very effective medication for bad breath, especially if the bad breath takes place due to caries in the teeth. This medicine can also help patients who are experiencing bleeding gums along with caries and bad breath.
  4. Hepar Sulphur and Carbo Veg: The combination of these two medicines is known as one of the best when it comes to treating bad breath. The other symptoms that call for the prescription of these medicines include Gingivitis or gum infection related problems and symptoms. When there is bleeding and pus in the gums due to the infection, then this medicine is usually prescribed. Excessive salivation is also another symptom that is treated by this medicine combination. Hepar Sulphur can be used if there is a throat-related infection or ailment that can lead to the problem of bad breath.
  5. Carbolic Acid: A homeopathic doctor will usually prescribe this medicine if the problem of bad breath is accompanied by intense and perpetual pain in the abdomen. The patient will also complain of gas in stomach due to the ailment that affects the stomach in such cases. This gives rise to many symptoms including bad breath. Loss of appetite is also treated by this medicine. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a homeopath.
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How Ayurveda Can Help Treat Bad Breath?

Dr. Ashwini Vivek Mulye 88% (497 ratings)
Fellowship Course in Panchkarma, BAMS
Ayurveda, Navi Mumbai
How Ayurveda Can Help Treat Bad Breath?

Bad breath, also known as halitosis medically, is a much bigger problem than just being a cause for social embarrassment. It could be a symptom of an underlying disorder in your body which when corrected, will result in bad breath being resolved as well. However, in most cases, halitosis or bad breath occurs due to gum and teeth problems or due to life style habits such as a bad diet. Ayurveda has cure for both the problems and offers specialized treatment as well as home remedies.

Some general tips to fight bad breath
Bad breath may occur due to a combination of bad diet or digestive problems as well as oral hygiene issues. Some of the common things to follow, which will reduce your bad breath, especially concerning oral hygiene, are mentioned below 
1. Rinse your mouth thoroughly after every meal as it helps clean food particles which may contribute to bad breath
2. Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Dryness of the mouth can often cause bad breath
3. Brush your teeth, preferably at least twice daily and clean your tongue every time you brush your teeth
4. Avoid alcohol, smoking and excessive consumption of caffeine products
5. Use natural breath fresheners such as mint leaves and parsley
6. Don’t use breath mints, mouth fresheners or mouthwashes which have alcohol in them as they may further dry up your mouth, causing bad breath
7. Try and include more of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet as these will keep you hydrated and supply you with the necessary nutrients to keep your digestive system functional and thus reduce bad breath.

Ayurveda for bad breath
Some of the home remedies as well as specialized Ayurvedic medications that can effectively combat bad breath are mentioned below. However, if you have a persistent problem, it is best to consult with an Ayurvedic practitioner who can help you with tailor made combinations specifically suited to your problem.

  1. Fenugreek or ‘methi’ and tea leaves: Methi is known to have many medicinal properties in Ayurveda. Boil methi leaves into a cup of tea and drink it once a day to see quick and lasting results.
  2. Cardamom seeds: This is a quick and effective remedy for bad breath, especially for social occasions. Chew on a few cardamom seeds after a smelly meal and it can definitely take care of your bad breath temporarily.
  3. Honey ginger and lemon combo: If your body has more ‘Kapha’ based symptoms, then this is a very good remedy. Mix equal amounts of honey with ginger juice and lemon juice and use that concoction to slowly gargle your mouth and then rinse.
  4. Some specialized medications: Certain special medications may be prescribed by your Ayurveda practitioner such as:
    • Kushtha, Nagarmotha, Cardamom, and licorice mixtures
    • Dashan Sanskar Churna which is a specially formulated charcoal powder meant for brushing
    • Special mixtures made from ingredients such as Manjishtha, Clove, Khadir, Cardamom, Betel nut, Black Pepper, Mayaphal, Kulinjan, Cumin seeds, Vidang, Bakul, and Camphor among others; either in the form of edible medication or in the form of mouthwashes.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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