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Indiscriminate Use of Mouthwash Alone is not the Solution for Halitosis

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

 
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Whenever we experience bad smell or breath emanating from our mouth, the next thing we do is go and buy a mouthwash to get rid of it. This goes on for 1 or 2 months, and then we give up to the fate or finally decide for some expert opinion.

We need to give bad breath more importance in our daily life as it can be due to a small cavity or food debris. But it can also be due to some serious systemic diseases like uncontrolled diabetes, some liver and kidney problems.

Usually, behind bad breath, there are many reasons which need to be looked into. Mouthwash alone is never an answer for bad breath unless told so by a dentist or other specialist.

Some of the Causes of Bad Breath are:

  • Cavities in any tooth can be a good cause of bad breath, as the decaying food in the cavity causes a serious hygiene problem.
  • Any gingival or periodontal problems like loose teeth or bleeding through gums can also cause it.
  • Gastric ulcers and poor digestion are some causes.
  • Some specific food items like non-vegetarian food, onion, garlic, etc., are also responsible for it.
  • Systemic diseases like diabetes and any other conditon of liver, abdomen, lungs, and intestine result in halitosis.
  • Improperly aligned teeth retain food debris leading to bad breath.

The underlying fact is that whenever we have persistent bad breath, we need to consult a dentist for an expert opinion to rule out some causes as listed above.

Thus indiscriminate use of mouthwash is not the solution for halitosis. Recent studies show that indiscriminate use of mouthwash may kill the beneficial bacteria in the mouth, instead of attacking the decay and plaque forming bacteria.

It is always better to take prospective care than reacting to later stage infections and diseases, i.e., always think about taking precautions than later being forced to take treatment for diseases which could have been avoided by taking care of your oral hygiene.

Also, read this article to know more about bad breath --> https://www.icliniq.com/health-articles/health-topics/dental-oral-health/bad-breath-why-your-mouth-stinks-and-how-to-cure-it

Last reviewed at: 29.Dec.2018

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