Bad breath is a common problem that can cause significant psychological distress.
It is estimated that 1 in 4 people have bad breath on a regular basis.
Potential causes of bad breath include:
- Use of tobacco
- Poor diet or crash diets
- Dry mouth
- Poor dental hygiene
- Use of drugs
- Certain medications
- Mouth, nose, and throat condition
- Foreign body in the nasal cavity
- Piercings or tattoos in the mouth
- Certain illnesses or diseases
- Bowel obstruction
TreatmentThe best method to reduce halitosis (bad breath) is good oral hygiene. This ensures that cavities are avoided and reduces the likelihood of gum disease. If bad breath persists, however, it is advisable to visit a doctor and dentist to check for underlying causes. Alternatively, if gum disease is present, professional cleaning may be necessary to clear out the build-up of bacteria in pockets between the gums and teeth.
It is recommended that individuals visit the dentist for a check-up and cleaning twice a year.