Bad breath is a reason to visit the dentist. In most cases, the problem is associated with poor oral hygiene and can be quickly corrected. In some cases, putrid breath signals the presence of a disease.
Why does ‘fetid breath’ appear, what does it warn about and how to get rid of it?
- Oral malodor is a problem faced by every 4th person in the world, i.e., 25% of the total population.
- ‘Putrid’ breath is most often found among those who devote little time to hygiene and simply forget to brush their teeth after eating.
- Regular moistening of the oral cavity also reduces the risk of horrible breath. For this purpose, both ordinary water and special sprays are well suited.
Why the problem shouldn’t be ignored?
Bad breath is a disease that is medically called halitosis. Despite the seeming triviality of the problem, it can have the most unpleasant consequences. Patients, who experience bad breath in the morning or observe it throughout the day, if untreated, can acquire subsequent psychological disorders. At the initial stage, it is simply self-doubt and embarrassment in communication; further, deeper problems that may require serious treatment may appear.
When to visit the dentist?
Often, simple home remedies and lifestyle change s, such as improving oral hygiene or quitting smoking, can help get rid of bad breath. The main thing is to pay sufficient attention to oral hygiene and give up bad habits. However, if, after following all the recommendations, the mouth odor persists, it is recommended to consult a doctor to check for the main causes and prescribe treatment.
The most common causes of halitosis are:
- Food. After consuming onions and garlic, the breakdown products enter the bloodstream and lungs.
- Dryness. Saliva naturally cleans the mouth. If the oral cavity is dry, a terrible odor appears.
- Tobacco. One of the causes of bad breath is smoking. Tobacco products increase the chances of gum disease and cause stench.
- Hygiene. Small food particles, which[R10] may accumulate and slowly break down, producing the bad smell, are removed while brushing the teeth. If brushing is not regular, plaque builds up. This film of bacteria leads to the inflammation of the gums, which is called periodontitis. The result is a rotten smell in the mouth.
- Diets. Fasting programs can also have an adverse effect because of the breakdown of fats. Due to the lack of carbohydrates, ketones are released. These substances have a pronounced unpleasant acetone smell.
- Conditions of ENT organs. Angina, laryngitis, tonsillitis can also provoke bad breath. It’s all about the bacteria that are accumulated.
- Foreign body. Fetid breath can be caused by a foreign object lodged in the nasal cavity. The problem is especially relevant for young children.
- Diseases. A rotten smell coming from the mouth can be a signal of serious illness. Liver failure, malignant tumors, chronic stomach inflammation, and metabolic disorders may cause a stench.
- Alveolitis. An unpleasant odor appears after a tooth extraction [R14] if the dentist’s recommendations are not followed. Eating hot food, inadequate hygiene, and other reasons may lead to inflammatory processes after tooth extraction.
Treatment of halitosis in adults
Good hygiene is an important way to get rid of fetid breath.
Suppose all food leftovers are not removed in the process of cleaning teeth and gums. In that case, the bacteria leading to halitosis build up.[R16] If thorough hygiene is ineffective, it is necessary to check for other reasons. A visit to the dentist is required to exclude alveolitis, periodontitis, and other oral cavity diseases.
As a preventive measure, it is recommended to visit the dental clinic 1-2 times a year.
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