What Causes Bad Breath? Solutions to Eliminate Bad Breath

Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is one of the common problems in dental patients.

Most dental visits are primarily because of tooth decay and gum diseases.

After examination, many orthodontic patients realize that their bad breath originates from the mouth itself.

Simple hygiene remedies can prevent problems such as tooth decay and gum diseases.

Before mounting fixed braces, the orthodontist scales the teeth and takes the necessary measures to repair tooth decays.

Does bad breath vary depending on time of the day?

Normally, people will experience bad breath in the mornings upon waking up and in the evenings towards the end of a day of fasting.

It’s because less saliva is secreted during sleep and hunger.

After you ate and washed your mouth and cleared all the food remains, saliva starts to secrete to disinfect the mouth.

The secretion of saliva cleans the mouth by affecting some of the bacteria and food remains between the teeth.

If you are under orthodontic treatment, you can get rid of bad breath by following your orthodontist’s instructions and washing your mouth after having any kind of food.

What are the factors affecting the bad breath intensity?

The mouth dryness due to a lot of stress, body dehydration, fasting and also eating certain foods with strong smells like garlic and onion, drug and alcohol consumption, are all factors influencing the intensity of bad breath.

Can it be treated?

Bad breath has various reasons and in most cases can be treated.

Bad breath may be persistent in some people. Nearly one-fourth of the population suffers from varying degrees of bad breath.

What are the causes ?

If dental decays or improper dental restorations provide an empty space for the food to be trapped, the periodontal tissues (gums) surrounding the teeth can be harmed.

Rotten food debris that has not been cleared from the mouth can be another cause of bad breath.

If orthodontic fixed braces are not cleaned properly, they are considered a suitable place to trap food and cause bad breath.

Ordinarily, the orthodontist provides you with necessary instructions on how to clean your fixed braces.

Also, the accumulation of sticky and dense dental plaque underneath the edge of the gum plays a critical role in causing future gum diseases and as a result a bad breath.

Does bad breath have other reasons than poor oral hygiene?

If bad breath still exists even after maintaining the oral and tongue hygiene, other reasons should be considered.

Gum and dental diseases can also be a result of diabetes, liver failure, chronic kidney failure, high concentrations of of urea, sinusitis, pneumonia, bronchitis, gastric reflux or other causes.

The orthodontist should examine each and every one of these issues before mounting the braces.