Complete Guide to Halitosis: What it is, Causes and Treatment


We all have at some point been conscious of our bad breath. Despite it being a minor health issue, bad breath causes an individual to be socially conscious. However, instead of spending loads of money on temporary solutions like mints, gums, mouth fresheners, etc., with certain lifestyle changes, you can avoid chronic oral malodor or halitosis.

Your first step towards treating halitosis should be to identify its root cause. There are numerous factors like poor hygiene, underlying diseases, diet, etc. that can become a cause of your bad breath.

Causes of halitosis

1. Diet

Food items like onion, garlic, diet soda and coffee that have a strong smell stay in your mouth for a longer time if you do not brush your teeth after consuming them. Also, if you eat a lot of sugary food and do not brush right after, the sugar rots in your mouth and causes a strong odor.

Moreover, it is also important to consume carbs. This is because your body starts burning fats when it does not get enough carbohydrates which produces a foul-smelling end product.

2. Hygiene

We often tend to skip brushing here and there as it does not create any immediate harm to our teeth. However, it is preferred to be regular with your brushing and flossing routine to maintain oral hygiene.

If you still experience halitosis, try introducing anti-bacterial mouth wash to your regime to remove any bacteria that remains even after brushing and flossing. It is important to know that you cannot replace your oral hygiene routine with mouthwash, instead, you must use it as an extra step to your regime

3. Smoking

Smoking not only stains your teeth and makes them pale but it also damages your gums and ultimately leads to teeth loosening. The gaps that are created between your teeth house different bacteria that result in oral malodor.

4. Health

If you have sinuses or any other kinds of respiratory tract infections, bad breath goes along with it. Other conditions like kidney disease, gastritis, diabetes, and bronchitis can also lead to oral malodor.

Treatment of halitosis

Products like mouth fresheners, mints, chewing gum, etc. are only useful to bring temporary freshness to your breath. Moreover, these products are often filled with alcohol and sugar which can lead to dryness of the mouth and tooth decay.

If you are looking for a permanent bad breath treatment, the only way is to opt for an oral care regime. Follow the steps below to get rid of halitosis.

  • Brush your teeth twice a day and floss once every day. Cleaning your tongue is equally important to avoid bad breath. So, either use a plastic tongue cleaner or a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • Consume acidic fruits such as lemons and oranges, and fibrous foods such as carrots and celery to stimulate your saliva flow.
  • Keep yourself hydrated in order to avoid dryness in the mouth and to wash down the odor-forming bacteria.
  • Avoid the consumption of caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco.
  • Rinse and wash your mouth with an effective mouthwash containing antibacterial properties.

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Even with persistent care if you find it difficult to get rid of halitosis, check in with a specialist. Together, you can track down and rule out your oral health problems.

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