TREATMENT OF BAD BREATH
Halitosis is the medical term used for bad breath. Most cases of bad breath in healthy individuals are related to oral hygiene care. Bad breath is usually worse upon awakening because the mouth is exposed to less oxygen and saliva during the night. Bad breath often may be brief, disappearing after eating, brushing, and rinsing with a specialized mouthwash. The major sources of bad breath in healthy adults are:
- Foods such as onions and garlic.
- Tobacco products.
- Poor brushing or oral hygiene.
- Cleanliness of the tongue.
- Periodontal disease.
Other causes include yeast infections in the mouth, dental cavities, bacteria in the tunnels of the tonsils, nasal problems, mouth/throat infections, or cancers and dry mouth. If bad breath continues, you should see your dental hygienist or dentist to assess your oral health for odor causing conditions such as gum disease, oral cancers, and other infections. A dental cleaning will often restore good oral health and eliminate bad breath problems.
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