Breath odour

What is Breath Odour?

Breath odour, also known as halitosis, is an unpleasant smell that originates from within the mouth and nose due to a variety of causes. It can be caused by eating certain foods, poor oral hygiene, medical conditions, or dry mouth.

What Causes Bad Breath?

Bad breath can have many causes, including:

  • Foods: Eating strong-smelling foods like garlic and onions can cause bad breath long after you’ve eaten them.
  • Tobacco: Smoking tobacco can cause bad breath and stain your teeth. It also reduces your ability to taste, which can lead to an overgrowth of bacteria in your mouth.
  • Poor Oral Hygiene: Not brushing or flossing regularly can cause plaque and bacteria to build up in your mouth, which can cause bad breath.
  • Medical Conditions: Certain medical conditions, such as sinus infections, postnasal drip, diabetes, acid reflux, and kidney or liver disease, can all cause bad breath.
  • Dry Mouth: Your saliva helps to wash away food particles and bacteria in your mouth. If you have a dry mouth, there isn’t as much saliva to help fight bad breath.

How Can I Prevent Bad Breath?

There are a few things you can do to help prevent bad breath:

  • Brush and Floss Regularly: Brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day can help to reduce plaque and bacteria in your mouth. Try using an antibacterial toothpaste.
  • Clean Your Tongue: Bacteria can build up on your tongue, so it’s important to use a tongue scraper or brush your tongue every day.
  • Keep Hydrated: Drinking plenty of water can help to keep your mouth moist, which can reduce bad breath.
  • Avoid Tobacco: Smoking or chewing tobacco can contribute to bad breath. Try to quit if you can.
  • Visit Your Dentist Regularly: Seeing your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings can help to reduce plaque and bacteria in your mouth and keep your breath fresh.