It comes as no surprise that practically everyone has foul breath and bad oral health from time to time. Although many people have it when they get up in the morning, its persistence on a regular basis may be cause for worry.
Halitosis (Latin for bad breath) is an oral health issue characterised by foul-smelling breath. It frequently happens after a garlic-heavy lunch or in the morning after waking up.
However, if foul breath remains even after therapy, additional factors such as renal illness, liver disease, diabetes, dry mouth, and so on should be considered.
A person who complains of poor breath should first see a general practitioner to determine the underlying reason, whether local or systemic.
Systemic reasons include diabetic ketoacidosis, gastrointestinal disorders, and Sjogren’s syndrome, an immune system ailment characterised by two prevalent symptoms: dry eyes and dry mouth.
HOW DO I GET RID OF BAD BREATH AND PROMOTE ORAL HEALTH?
First, have a dentist do adequate scaling or oral prophylaxis and eradicate all local causes. If the foul breath persists, consult a doctor to rule out any systemic reasons. Certain medications might induce dry mouth. If you have xerostomia (dry mouth), apply dry mouth gel.
Brushing one’s teeth twice a day is recommended. To promote oral health, use dental floss or a water flosser.
To maintain good oral health, experts recommend the following steps.
- Every six months, go to the dentist.
- Scaling should be done at least once a year.
- Use gels and sip water if patients are experiencing dryness.
- Replacing decaying teeth
- After eating, clean between your teeth with dental floss or an interdental brush.
- After each meal, clean your dentures.
- Every night, gargle with warm saline.
- Improve circulation by massaging your gums on a daily basis.
- For youngsters, use fluoridated toothpaste.
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
- Gargle your mouth thoroughly after each meal.
- Use mouthwash on a regular basis.