Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is a common problem and can happen to anyone. The unpleasant odor that comes from your mouth is known as bad breath. It can shatter your confidence, becoming a cause of embarrassment at work and in social gatherings. Bad breath can smell sour, rotten, fishy, musty, and sometimes ammonia, depending upon its cause. Bad breath can also signal a problem with your health that needs to be addressed by a dentist in johar town Lahore.
Usual causes of bad breath
Following are a few reasons for bad breath
· Low water intake
Saliva is a natural source that keeps your mouth hydrated. It helps to clean your mouth by removing remaining food particles that may lead you to bad breath. Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, is a condition that reduces saliva production and leads to foul breath. Dry mouth usually happens when you are asleep, which is the reason behind stinky breath when you wake up. Not getting treatment for it can lead to chronic dry mouth that needs treatment,
· Digestion problems:
Problems with the digestive system, such as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), can also cause bad breath. Heartburn and acid reflux can result in stomach acid coming to your mouth and having a sour smell. If your digestive system is not functioning, it can lead to bad breath. The odors from consumed foods may easily back up in the esophagus and mouth and cause bad breath. Consuming certain foods, such as spicy food, garlic, and onions that enter your bloodstream can also cause a displeasing smell.
· Cavities and gum disease:
Poor oral hygiene is one of the top reasons for foul breath. When you do not remove plaque from your teeth, the plaque hardens around the gums and turns into tarter, which you can not remove easily from brushing. Tarter makes small openings between teeth and gums that trap bacteria and food that can lead to smelly breath. Bacteria can also cause cavities, which can affect your breath.
Smoking is dangerous for your overall health. It can wreak havoc on your teeth too. Whether you chew tobacco or smoke cigarettes, they can lead to bad breath. Smoking not only gives you bad breath, but tobacco can damage your gum tissues and lead to gum diseases. Tobacco has a different odor that can be unpleasant for someone.
· Other conditions:
Some other health conditions also are responsible for Bad breath, such as untreated diabetes, tonsils, sinus, liver disease, kidney disease, or kidney failure.
· Sulfur burp:
When the gastrointestinal tract breaks down high protein foods, it produces hydrogen sulfide gas that results in a horrible smell similar to a rotten egg smell, usually known as a sulfur burp. Eating high-protein foods can lead to an awful-smelling breath. Some other causes associated with sulfur burps include food poisoning, stress, anxiety, and pregnancy. Some medical conditions may also cause irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), H.Pylori bacterial infection in the intestines, and heartburn.
Almost every one out of five people suffers from bad breath. You can improve your breath odor by brushing your teeth thoroughly at least twice every day, using mouthwash and dental floss. Improving your oral hygiene can keep you away from bad breath and its causes, which include tooth decay, gum disease, plaque build-up, and cavities. Drinking sufficient water can also prevent dry mouth and improve digestion. If you are prone to bad breath but do not know its cause, our Specialist Dentist, Dr. Imran Zia, can assist you with the diagnosis and treatment.