- Poor dental hygiene — Infrequent or improper brushing and flossing, allows bits of food that are stuck between the teeth to decay inside the mouth. Poor oral hygiene eventually will lead to periodontal (gum) disease, which also can cause bad breath.
- Drinking or eating hot things
- Infections in the mouth — These can be caused by either a cavity in a tooth or by periodontal (gum) disease.
- Respiratory tract infections — Throat, sinus or lung infections
- External source — Garlic, onions, coffee, cigarette smoking, chewing tobacco. Smoking and drinking coffee, tea and/or red wine will contribute to your teeth becoming discolored.
- Dry mouth (xerostomia) — This can be caused by salivary gland problems, medicines or “mouth breathing.” A large number of prescriptions and over the counter medicines cause dry mouth.
- Illnesses — Diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease, lung disease, sinus disease, reflux disease and others
- Psychiatric illness — Some people may believe they have bad breath, but others do not notice it. This is referred to as “pseudohalitosis.”
Bad breath caused by dental problems can be prevented easily with proper home and professional care.
- Brush your teeth, tongue and gums after meals and floss daily. This is the most important factor if your bad breath is caused by dental problems
- If your dentist recommends it, rinse with a mouthwash approved by the American Dental Association (ADA)
- Visit the dentist regularly (at least twice a year) for an exam and tooth cleaning.
You also can combat bad breath by drinking plenty of water every day to help your body make saliva. An occasional swish of the mouth with water can loosen bits of food. Sugar-free gum or sugar-free breath mints can help you keep breath fresh and prevent plaque from forming. But be aware that consuming large amounts of sugar-free gum and/or mints that contain sorbitol may cause side effects. These can include diarrhea and bloating.
The treatment of bad breath depends on its cause.
Dr. Jindal's Dental & Oral Health Care is a complete family dental clinic for pediatric & adults locatd in Peer muchalla adjoining Sector 20, Panchkula, Haryana. Enhancing the beauty of your smile is our focus. Using state-of-the-art technology in a clean, relaxing environment.
Morning: 10AM to 2PM
Evening: 4:30PM to 8PM
Sunday Morning: 10AM to 2PM
Sunday Evening: Appointment Only