Do You Have Bad Breath (Halitosis)?

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What is Halitosis? Halitosis is defined as the condition of having bad breath. According to research, over 25% of the population suffers from Chronic Halitosis.

What Are the Common Causes of Halitosis (Bad Breath)?

  1. Recently Eaten Strongly Flavoured Foods
  2. Poor Oral Hygiene
  3. Smoking
  4. Alcohol Consumption
  5. Periodontal (Gum) Diseases
  6. Dry Mouth
  7. Yeast Infection of the Mouth
  8. Drug Therapy such as paraldehyde
  9. Crash Diet (Fasting & Low-Carbohydrate Eating Programs)
  10. Diseases of the Upper Respiratory Tract
  11. Diseases of Stomach

How To Prevent/Treat Halitosis (Bad Breath)?

  1. Good Oral hygiene
  2. Antibacterial Agent or  Antibacterial Mouthwash.
  3. Brush Teeth (brush twice daily with fluoridated toothpaste)
  4. Teeth Flossing
  5. Clean dentures
  6. Tongue Cleaning
  7. Avoid Dry Mouth by drinking plenty of water and avoiding alcohol & tobacco.
  8. Diet (avoid Strongly Flavoured Foods such as onions, garlic and spicy food)

If breath odour persists despite the factors listed above being under control, it is recommended that an individual visits a dentist for further tests to rule out other conditions.

 

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Article written by,

Dr. Wong Kee Cheong (Tommy)
BDS,
Dental Surgeon.

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