What causes bad breath?? In the oral cavity , a host of bacteria survive. These bacteria produce sulphur compounds which produce the offensive odour when they become volatile.
Volatility is the property when solids vapourise. As long as the oral cavity is moist , saliva dissolves them and there is no offensive odour. This is the reason for halitosis in the morning .. Saliva secretion is less and the sulphur compounds are increased causing the offensive order. There is no need to worry about this, its normal.
Causes for which you should consult a dentist are,
When food accumulates within a cavity in the teeth.
When you have undergone an extraction and the site is infected. Usually there is severe pain along with a very foul odour.
Presence of tartar and plaque leads to an offensive odour.
When your tongue has a whitish coating. This is a result of food, dead cells and bacteria which combined produce a great substrate for the production of sulphur compounds. Hence the need for regular tongue cleaning.
Causes other than your oral cavity will include,
Throat infections and nasal infections often are associated with bad breath especially when they produce pus.
Contrary to public opinion, the problems in stomach contribute to only 1% of bad breath cases.
So if you suffer from bad breath, it would be wiser to go to your dentist to have a thorough check up.
- Thorough brushing and tongue cleaning
- Chewing a sugar-free gum.
- Mouth rinses, mouth sprays and lozenges.
If these dont work, your dentist can perform a thorough scaling procedure and suggest prescription mouthrinses that work better than the ones you can get in a pharmacy.
Cheers and do remember, a clean and a healthy mouth is what makes your smile sparkle and shine. Keep smiling.. Keep it Healthy!! :)