Some people’s presence is often shunned because of the repulsive odour that oozes from their mouth. Blog with agency report writes on the causes and treatment.
How do you tell people they have bad breath? This is such a difficult situation because you are essentially pointing out to them that they have an offensive odor emanating from their mouth. Very awkward!
Is there any tactful way to let them know they have bad breath? Has someone told you that you have bad breath? How did you feel breaking the news, or receiving it?Offering advice, Sylvia Obed said, “Offer someone a piece of sugar free gum, a mint, a drink of white tea, green tea as these have been known to improve bad breath. ‘‘If unable to do so, subtly hint by saying, many people have bad breath due to cotton mouth, not flossing, not brushing regularly and not brushing their tongue. This will make them subconscious and they will either rectify it or ask if you’ve got a drink, gum, etc.
‘‘As far as family, tell them or offer the above. For a stranger, keep your distance from them if they’re close enough to smell it. Always avoid garlic and onion. If that’s what is on the menu, take floss, toothbrush with you, if not, sugar free gum and mints. Take enough to offer others.”
Many people have bad breath without even realising it. This can cripple one’s likelihood of enjoying a healthy social life, finding a significant order, and even advancement in one’s career.
The single most important aspect of having fresh breath is to have proper oral hygiene.
According to Dr Nelvin Eze, halitosis, known as bad breath to most, is an embarrassing condition that can affect anyone at anytime, and is caused by several factors.
“The most common causes of bad breath are preventable and easily treated, however certain medical conditions may also cause bad breath. Chronic halitosis may indicate an underlying medical concern that should be addressed by your dentist or medical doctor.”
Here are the most common reasons why people may experience bad breath, and when they should see a dentist for halitosis.
The Food We Eat and Digestion
The food we eat can adversely affect our breath. Odors from garlic, onions, cabbage, and certain spices may result in halitosis when the suspected food is absorbed into the blood stream after digestion. When the blood has transferred to the lungs, the smell from the food is evident when you exhale.
With eating comes digestion, another cause of bad breath. Gases produced during the digestive process may escape through your mouth, emanating in the odour it produces. Poor digestion resulting in constipation and disorders of the bowel may contribute to bad breath again, from the gases that are produced during this process.
Infrequent Brushing and Flossing
It may seem like an obvious factor, but when you examine how limited and neglected brushing and flossing habits contribute to bad breath, the cause hits you like a brick wall – decaying food particles and bacteria trapped in your mouth.
When the food we eat is left behind either because it is trapped in hard to reach places such as the wisdom teeth, the tiny hair-like follicles on the tongue, or simply because brushing and flossing is neglected, it begins to decay in your mouth. The human mouth is 98.6 F, an ideal temperature for food to begin to decompose. When you exhale, the odour from the decomposing food, bacteria, and plaque causes the offensive odor.
Oral Diseases and Infections
Periodontal disease is directly related to improper or neglected brushing and flossing. One major sign of this potentially irreversible oral disease is halitosis. The accumulation of plaque, bacteria, and decomposing food particles contribute to bad breath as they destroy the delicate tissue that surrounds our teeth.
The same bacteria that cause gum disease, tooth decay, and abscessed teeth are also responsible for halitosis.
Xerostomia is a condition that causes a decrease in the production of saliva, resulting in a dry mouth. Several factors cause xerostomia, some of which may need to be treated by your doctor.
Saliva is necessary to provide lubrication by the mouth to allow for proper chewing and swallowing. Saliva naturally cleanses the mouth and helps prevent cavities. If you are experiencing dry mouth, bad breath may occur because the food particles which remain trapped in the mouth begin to rot and cause the unpleasant smell when you exhale.
The effects of smoking on our overall health and wellness are frightening. Over 4,000 chemicals have been identified in cigarettes, 200 of which are poisonous. Lung cancer and COPD are obvious diseases that come to mind when you consider the health risk associated with the habit. But did you know smoking is also a major cause of periodontal disease? How does this relate to halitosis you ask? The smoke produced from a cigarette is inhaled into the lungs, and then exhaled through the nose and mouth. This causes an immediate effect on your breath because the chemicals and residue from the smoke remain in your mouth and airways. Continued use of cigarettes contributes to gum disease, a major cause of bad breath.
Unexplained or chronic bad breath may be an indication of an underlying medical condition or disease.
Ketoacidosis occurs in diabetics when there is insufficient glucose in the blood for the body to use as energy. An obvious sign of this is a fruity-smelling odour in the breath. People with eating disorders may experience halitosis, as well as frequent dieters. Breath that has a fishy smell or is reminiscent of urine or ammonia may be obvious in people with chronic kidney failure. After prolonged vomiting or if an obstruction is in the bowel, the breath may smell like faeces. Sinusitis and lung infections also cause bad breath. Children with a foreign body trapped in their nose may experience halitosis. If suspected, see your doctor.
Below are tips on how to treat mouth odour:
1 Brush your teeth and scrape your tongue first thing every morning, and also after each time you take a nap. Foul-smelling bacteria may have had a chance to take over your mouth while you slept, and are most likely causing yucky “morning breath.” Tongue scrapers can be found in most health food stores, and also in drug stores and convenience stores as they become more popular.
2 After you brush your teeth and scrape your tongue, rinse your mouth thoroughly and gargle with fresh, cool water. This is a very important step, one that many people overlook. Nobody likes to smell your breath when it’s laden with dirty, used toothpaste scum.
3 After completing steps 1 and 2, make sure you drink a significant amount of water, and avoid eating or drinking anything else for at least 30 minutes. This completes the cleansing process of your mouth, throat, esophagus, and stomach, which is extremely important for fresh breath after you sleep.
4 Avoid foods such as garlic, onions, sugary foods, meats, fish, poultry, and eggs. All of these foods are notorious for causing bad breath. Fresh fruits and vegetables actually help to cleanse your entire system, and the result is improved breath. Leafy green vegetables, in particular, are well-known for assisting the body in maintaining fresh breath. Try chewing fresh peppermint, spearmint, parsley, or basil instead of gum.
5 After you eat or drink anything (besides water), thoroughly rinse your mouth and gargle with water. Use this practice without fail, day and night, and you will keep abreast of nasty bacteria buildup in your mouth, which cause bad breath. Run your tongue along the surfaces of your teeth throughout the day, and if you ever notice any plaque buildup, brush your teeth again and rinse thoroughly with water, making sure that you feel your teeth, note plaque buildup, which is a contributing factor in bad breath.
6 Drink plenty of fresh water every day, but try to avoid drinking water too close to meal times, as it can decrease your digestive capacity. Keeping your body properly hydrated assists in its own natural cleansing processes, and can help tackle bad breath.
7 Any time you notice that you have bad breath, rinse your mouth with water. If this doesn’t work, then brush your teeth again. You may also need to scrape your tongue again. Always finish by rinsing with plenty of cool water.
8 The use of chewing gum, mouthwash, and candy are not adequate solutions for dealing with bad breath, as they do not address the root cause, which is improper hygiene. In fact, these substances can complicate hygiene issues if left in the mouth for a significant amount of time. Leafy green vegetables, lemons, and limes are much better cover-ups in emergencies when your toothbrush is not at hand. Always remember to rinse thoroughly with water after each application of these miraculous breath-fresheners!
9 Don’t cough violently as it may cause the release of bad smelling tonsil stones which may stay on the back of your throat for days.
10 Eat guava, gooseberry and rough food like bread which help you in cleaning the back of your throat. Drink plenty of water after food.
11 Visit a dentist, at least twice a year. Bad breath has been known to be caused by dental problems, so it is necessary that you consult your dentist if you suffer from a very bad breath.