Halitosis is a common patient concern in dentistry, and for good reason. Bad breath is a very noticeable problem that can impact people’s perception of you. Granted, it’s easier to hide nowadays with masks, but that still leaves you to suffer the effects of your own bad breath. That being said, you’ll be relieved to know that it’s actually quite easy to diagnose and treat halitosis. Here are a few main causes of halitosis:
- Sickness: Infections in the nasal-throat area like sore throat, sinusitis, coughs, and colds can cause bad breath due to the increase of germs and bacteria or viruses in the area. If this is the cause of your halitosis, the good news is you’ll have to self-isolate from people, meaning they won’t add insult to injury by pointing out your bad breath as you lay sick in bed. After your recovery, you may notice that your breath is fresher than it was during the duration of your illness, that is if you could smell while you were sick.
- Serious Illness: Similar to sickness above, certain conditions like kidney failure, lung infection, GEARD, Diabetes, Bulimia, Anorexia, and Cancer may all be causes of severe halitosis. Your dentist can’t diagnose these diseases for you, so you may need to coordinate with other health specialists if you notice your bad breath is only one of many symptoms you experience. And if you know you have any of these diseases, it’s important to tell your orthodontist as this helps them source the cause of your bad breath.
- Pungent Food: Garlic and onion are very common additions to food that although tasty and fragrant in the pan and on the plate, aren’t so nice when you smell them on someone’s breath. We’re not telling you to cut these foods out of your diet completely, just be conscious when you eat them so you can brush, gargle with mouthwash, and pop some mints to keep the effects of these foodstuffs at bay.
- Smoking: Seriously if you smoke, just quit. Not only is it bad for your lungs, but it also gives you the WORST halitosis possible. And since smoking is a chronic habit, this means you’ll have chronic halitosis. Believe us, people can smell the smoke off of you, and when you’re not smoking, your breath still gives away your nasty habit. Look, maybe you don’t want to quit smoking or don’t know how to go about doing it just yet, but it’s a habit that seriously wreaks havoc on your physical and dental health. Nore than just halitosis, smoking is linked to the development of tonsil stones, the yellowing of teeth, and of course, mouth and throat cancer.
- Poor Oral Hygiene: This is probably the most common, but also the easiest to fix, cause of halitosis. Look, if you skip brushing your teeth, your breath is going to stink. Yes, it’s a chore for some, but like all chores, it’s necessary. If you don’t want people to notice your bad breath, or if you don’t want to stay trapped with the smell of your own breath under your mask for long periods of time, brush, floss, and gargle with mouthwash daily.
Chronic halitosis is NOT normal or harmless. It can be a symptom of some dangerous underlying dental and health issues or reflective of poor hygiene. Halitosis is preventable and the best way to recent it is to practice good oral care daily and you make sure of that by checking in with your dentist regularly. To explore your care and treatment options for any of your dental problems, book an appointment with us here at Bobby Jivnani Dental Clinic.