Dental & Oral Health

How to Prevent Bad Breath or Halitosis?

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

 
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Halitosis or a foul odor that comes from the mouth is not a medical emergency, but at least 25 to 30 percent of the world's population complains about this problem.

Types:

Halitosis can be described in two classes:

  • Bad breath in the morning, which is a normal physiological change. However, it can be changed by using oral health measures like brushing your teeth every day.
  • Bad breath at any time, which would be constant if the patient has some pathology. It is caused by different conditions and diseases, such as local problems like dental cavities, gum disease, or due to systemic diseases like diabetes, dry mouth, malnutrition, intestinal disorders, etc. If you suffer from any of these systemic conditions, it is best you consult your physician and get treated for it.

A dentist can treat conditions that cause bad breath, for example, if you have dental cavities, then your dentist will fill the tooth for you. If you suffer from some gum disease, then a dentist will do a professional cleaning in the dental office.

Ways to Prevent Bad Breath:

Here are some ways to prevent bad breath:

  1. If you wear dentures, remove them at night and clean them to get rid of bacterial buildup from food and drink.
  2. Brush after every meal and floss, preferably three times a day.
  3. Change your toothbrush every two to three months.
  4. Try a 30-second mouthwash rinse that is alcohol-free, like Chlorhexidine Gluconate 2 %.
  5. Watch videos that show the best brushing technique that is the bass method.
  6. Go for regular dental checkup and cleaning.
Last reviewed at: 11.Jan.2019

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