Much ado about “Mouth Odour”

Mouth odour can be repulsive If not handled immediately and I’m still yet to decide between mouth odour and body odour which is bearable…

Most individuals with mouth odour dunno they have mouth odour until they are told, while some know they’ve for mouth odour but dunno what to do about it.
Some know they have bad mouth odour but they don’t send. Mouth odour outside the fact that its offensive to the person beside you… Its also actually a bad representation of you. Cause no matter how hot you look or how loaded you are…people would just wanna avoid talking to you

Halitosis, or mouth odour as its commonly known is just as the lay term implies..its an unpleasant odour of the mouth. It can be occur occasionally or it can be a persistent condition

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CAUSES
~1. POOR ORAL HYGIENE.
When a person does not brush or floss regularly, food particles remaining in the mouth can rot and cause bad odors. Also Poor dental care can lead to a buildup of plaque in the mouth, which causes mouth odour

~2. FOOD: Food is a primary source of bad odors that come from the mouth. Some foods, such as garlic, onions, spicy foods, fish, and  beverages such as coffee can leave a lingering smell. Most of the time the odor is short lived.

Other foods may get stuck in the teeth, promoting the growth of bacteria, which causes bad breath odor.

~3. TOBACCO & ALCOHOL: Smoking and chewing tobacco can leave chemicals that remain in the mouth. Smoking can also precipitate other bad-breath causes such as gum disease or oral cancers.
Also, when alcohol is imbibed, the body breaks it down and The end-product is ketones, which cause a fruity acetone-like odor on the breath when exhaled.

~4. HEALTH PROBLEMS: sore throat (pharyngitis) and other throat infections,  diabetes, acid reflux, lactose intolerance, other stomach problems, and some liver diseases or kidney diseases may be associated with bad breath.

Dry mouth: Also called xerostomia, dry mouth can also cause bad breath. Saliva helps moisten and cleanse the mouth, and when the body does not product enough saliva, bad breatH may result.

Mouth infections: Cavities, gum disease, or impacted teeth may cause bad breath.

Medications: Many medications, including antihistamines and diuretics, can cause dry mouth (see above), which can cause bad breath.

~5 MORNING BREATH: Bad breath in the morning is very common. Saliva production nearly stops during sleep, allowing bacteria to grow, causing bad breath.

~6. PREGNANCY: Being pregnant in itself does not cause bad breath, but the nausea and morning sickness common during pregnancy may cause bad breath. In addition, hormonal changes, dehydration, and eating different foods due to cravings may also contribute to bad breath during pregnancy.

PREVENTION/TREATMENT

1. Brushing the teeth and tongue, and flossing, can often get rid of bad breath causes by food and poor oral hygiene

2. Mouthwash may temporarily mask bad breath and can help with oral hygiene. Also Chewing sugarless gum or sucking on sugar-free mints may temporarily mask bad breath

3. Quit smoking or using chewing tobacco, reduce alcohol intake

4. Keep the mouth moist by drinking water and chewing sugarless gum or sugar-free hard candy to stimulate the production of saliva.

CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR IF…
…regular brushing of the tongue and teeth at least twice daily doesn’t improve your mouth odour.

…bad breath is due to a health problem such as mouth or throat infection, diabetes, acid reflux, etc.,

… bad breath is a side effect of taking a medication, discuss with a doctor whether there are other options for medication that can be taken. Never stop taking a medication without first consulting your doctor.

….you suffer from dry mouth (xerostomia), artificial saliva may be prescribed by a dentist.

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