Bad Breath: Causes and Cures

Bad Breath: Causes and Cures

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Written By: Poulami Saha | 06 May 2024

Whether you’re attending an important event in Dubai or doing your first-day job, impressions become everything all of a sudden.
But then a bad smell knocking at your mouth’s door as you start talking comes into play to ruin your efforts in a flick of seconds.
Bad breath, also known as halitosis, can be a socially awkward issue. It can lead to a lack of confidence and act as a communication barrier in both personal and professional spaces. But beyond the social embarrassment, bad breath can also signal underlying health concerns. This blog is all about exploring the symptoms, common causes, and the best treatment options for bad breath.

First Early Signs of Bad Breath

The most obvious symptom of bad breath is an unpleasant odour emanating from the mouth. However, self-diagnosis can be tricky. These are some signs that might indicate bad breath:
  • A persistent bad taste in your mouth
  • Morning breath that lingers even after brushing
  • Having too much oily foods
  • Having onions (sometimes)
  • Notices from friends or family about bad breath
  • A dry mouth feeling

Internal Causes of Bad Breath

While reasons for bad breath are often associated with poor oral hygiene, several behind-the-scenes factors can account for the issue. Let’s explore the most common culprits:
  • Oral hygiene neglect: Food particles trapped between teeth and on the tongue decompose due to bacteria, releasing foul-smelling sulfur compounds. Regular and ‘proper’ brushing, flossing, and tongue scraping are the key to maintaining good oral hygiene.
  • Dietary choices:  Foods like garlic, onions, and spicy dishes can leave behind strong odours even after digestion. Relentless intake of coffee and drinks that contain sugar causes bad breath.
  • Dry mouth: Saliva cleanses the mouth and avoids bacterial growth. Dry mouth, caused by medication, medical conditions, or dehydration, can lead to bad breath.
  • Underlying health conditions: Medications for diabetes, sinus infections, acid reflux, and liver or kidney problems can manifest as bad breath.

What are the Treatment Options for Bad Breath?

The treatment for bad breath depends on the underlying cause. Here are some of the top approaches:
  • Make oral hygiene a habit: Brushing your teeth twice daily for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste, flossing once a day, and scraping your tongue with a tongue scraper are the unavoidable steps.
  • Hydrate yourself:  Drinking plenty of water throughout the day helps flush away bacteria.
  • Dietary add-ons: Limit your intake of strong-smelling foods and sugary drinks. Go for water, fruits, and vegetables.
  • Address dry mouth: Sugar-free gum can stimulate saliva production. Consult other options with your dentist if medication is causing dryness.
  • Treat the root issues of conditions: If a medical condition is causing bad breath, treatment for that specific condition can resolve the issue.

Can Home Remedies Help?

Several natural remedies are believed to cope with bad breath temporarily. However, scientific evidence for their effectiveness is limited. But still, something is better than nothing. We picked up a few of them that work effectively:
  • Brushing with baking soda: Baking soda contains mild antiseptic properties and may help neutralize odours.
  • Simple Saltwater rinse:  Rinsing with a saltwater solution can help remove food particles and freshen your breath in an instant.
  • Herbal ingredients: Spearmint, parsley, and cloves are traditionally used as breath fresheners.

When to See a Doctor?

If bad breath persists despite good oral hygiene practices and lifestyle changes, you can have a quick appointment with your dentist. There are many benefits of dental check-ups as they can rule out any underlying medical conditions and recommend the best treatment.

 Our Takeaway

Bad breath is a common and often ‘harmless’ problem with manageable solutions. Fresh breath is not just about social etiquette; it’s also an indicator of overall dental health. By following up with good oral hygiene, making smart choices, staying hydrated, and taking underlying dental health issues into account, you can keep your bad breath at bay.
Book an appointment with the dentist if you think you need help fighting bad breath and getting the healthy smile you dream of. When it comes to choosing professional dental treatment in Dubai, APEX Dental Clinic is just one quick appointment away.