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What is Halitosis (Bad Breath)?
Dry mouth can cause bad breath. Saliva is necessary to keep your mouth moist, neutralize the acids produced by plaque, and wash the dead cells away from your tongue, gums, and cheeks. If these bacteria are not removed due to insufficient saliva, these cells decompose and cause bad breath.
Treatment of bad breath (halitosis) depends on its cause. The most effective treatment is to improve dental hygiene. It is essential for keeping bad breath away. Your mouth should be properly cleaned every day. Mouth cleaning is done in a number of steps such as flossing, rinsing, washing, tongue cleaning, etc.
What Causes Bad Breath (Halitosis)?
Bad breath begins generally from your mouth. But, it can start from the nose also. It is a common problem and even healthy people are affected with it occasionally. Poor oral hygiene is the most common cause of halitosis. Our mouth is always wet because of saliva, which a good breeding ground for bacteria.
Diagnosis of bad breath is done by a dentist to determine the cause of the disease. Identifying bad breath (halitosis) is very easy, but detecting its cause is difficult. In order to diagnose the bad breath, the dentist tries a systematic approach, which includes a series of steps such as review of medical history and oral examination.
Every bad breath is not halitosis. Morning breath and the bad breath after eating spicy or things are not considered halitosis. These live for a short time and can be managed through common cleaning. These are not a matter of health concern. Halitosis is long lasting.
Emergency dentist performs treatment and examination of an urgent dental problem on priority basis. These dental problems may create difficulty while eating food, talking, and in some cases during movement of the head.
Prevention of bad breath (halitosis) begins with keeping the mouth clean. Saliva is our body’s natural defense mechanism against the stinky acid producing bacteria. The balance of saliva should be maintained to fight against the bacteria. Lesser amount of saliva causes dry mouth. Dry mouth can cause bad breath. Drinking water keeps the body hydrated.