Dental & Oral Health

Bad breath - Why your mouth stinks and how to cure it?

Written by Dr. Tooba Qazi and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.


"EwWw. . . Your Mouth Stinks!" *embarrassed* - Yes! These words can stab deeply into one's heart like a sharp knife. Want to avoid this situation? You must need to know how, when, why your mouth stinks and how this problem can be prevented?!Bad breath/ Mouth stinking - medically termed as 'Halitosis' may occur as a result of some local factors of mouth or due to extraoral or systemic factors.

Local factors of mouth are listed as follows :

  • Food retention
  • Periodontal/Gingival infections (Gum diseases)
  • Caries (Dental cavity)
  • Acute Necrotizing Gingivitis
  • Mucosal Infections

Extraoral/Systemic factors include:

  • Smoking
  • Alcohol ingestion
  • Pulmonary or Bronchial disease
  • Metabolic defects (in acidity and stomach ulcer problems)
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Sinusitis
  • Tonsillitis

Due to poor oral hygiene or systemic effects or by their synergistic effects, anaerobic bacterial colonization increases around both affected and infected areas of mouth. Moreover, proceeded by release of volatile sulfur compounds causing halitosis.

Treatment options for this very common problem of bad breath are quite simple :

  1. Identify the cause and remove it. If any local cause is the culprit get scaling/cleaning of teeth done and get infections treated. Likewise, if you have any systemic problem try to get it controlled and then follow the below instructions.
  2. Start using Chlorhexidine Gluconate or Antibacterial Mouthwash for 2-4 weeks.
  3. Start Saline water mouth rinses 3 to 4 times a day for 10 days. (Take a small cup of lukewarm water and add 1/4th teaspoon of salt in it). This simple remedy is so far recommended best for maintenance of healthy oral hygiene.
  4. Avoid taking stink foods like onions, garlic etc

By obeying these instructions you can get rid of stink breath problem for good and will be saved from embarrassing moments forever.

Last reviewed at: 07.Sep.2018



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