1. What causes halitosis or bad breath?
While bad breath or halitosis may sometimes be caused by poor
oral hygiene, there may also be other underlying causes which
contribute to bad breath and are often difficult to treat, despite
all efforts to follow a healthy mouth and teeth cleaning routine.
This can cause great distress and even result in problems with
relationships and difficulties in the workplace.
There are a number of causes of bad breath, including:
- Poor oral hygiene
- Gum disease (e.g. gum boils, abscesses, spongy gums,
- Multiplication of odor-causing bacteria in the mouth and
- Chronic sinus infection
- Certain medications (especially those that cause dry mouth
as a side effect)
- Some foods can cause bad breath (garlic, onions, anchovies,
high protein diet)
- Poor digestion and sluggish liver
2. How do I know if I have bad breath?
Sometimes bad breath is noticed by an unpleasant or bitter taste
in your mouth.
You can also check the smell of your saliva by licking the skin
on your inner wrist and then smelling it. If it has an offensive
odor, then the chances are that your breath is not as sweet as you
would like it to be!
However, it is also possible to suffer from bad breath without
being aware of it. If you notice that people tend to step away from
you when you speak, turn their heads or cover their mouths, then bad
breath may be a problem.