Bad breath, also called halitosis medically, emerges from unhealthy dental habits, which may indicate signs of other health issues. Bad breath can aggravate by the foods constituting other unhealthy lifestyle habits.
Grounds for bad breath
Try to follow healthy mouth hygiene after having these edibles,
- Pungent aromatic or foods that are spicy
- Problems prevailing in teeth or gums that cause gum or having a hole in teeth or any infection
- Crash dieting
- Medical conditions like dry mouth, tonsillitis, and acid reflux
Preventing Bad breath
Start living a nontoxic lifestyle by,
- Practicing good oral hygiene
- Maintaining regular dental check-ups
- Quit smoking and tobacco-based products
- Drinking plenty of water
- Switch to vegetables and fruits, and try avoiding meat
- Keep a note of what you eat
When to consult a doctor for Bad breath?
Bad breath, in most cases, is quickly curable but always consulting a doctor is safer.
Seek a doctor if you experience,
- Bad breath that does not fades out after treating it for weeks
- Aching, oozing, or swollen gums
- Toothache or wobbly adult teeth
- Problems with dentures
Health problems associated with Bad breath
Bad breath may be a cautious indication of gum disease and plaque formation on teeth. Bacteria cause toxins, which irritate the gums. If gum disease is left untreated, it damages the gums and jawbone.
Other dental causes of bad breath include yeast infections and cavities.
A dry mouth (also called xerostomia) also causes bad breath.
Some of the other complications,
Reviewed by – Dr. Priyanka, MBBS MD Microbiology
Page last reviewed: 16 JULY 2022