Causes and How to Eliminate Mouth Odor (Halitosis)

Never had a problem with bad breath? Certainly makes you less confident right! Moreover, during the fasting month as they are now. Although bad breath when fasting is worth the reward, but still quite uncomfortable.

Actually what causes bad breath?

Bad breath occurs due to the sulfur content in the breath. Halitosis can be caused by many things, namely:
Poor oral hygiene, so much so that the number of bacteria in the mouth and on the tongue. Without good oral cleaning, food waste is left in the mouth and a suitable environment for the bacteria to multiply which will cause odor in the mouth. In addition, the rest of the food that sticks to the teeth, gums, and tongue will cause gingivitis (gum inflammation) and tooth decay, thereby increasing bad breath and bad taste in the mouth.

Denture Cleaning unfavorable.
Dentures are not cleaned very well cause a buildup of food debris and bacteria on the surface of the denture causing the unpleasant smell.
Gum disease or periodontal tissue (tissue supporting the teeth).
Systemic disease. Bad breath can be a symptom of certain diseases, such as respiratory infections, digestive disorders, diabetes, or liver disorders.
Xerostomia (dry mouth).
The use of some specific drugs can cause a dry mouth, particularly drugs for depression and high blood pressure. Xerostomia can also be caused by abnormalities in the salivary glands resulting in the production of saliva decreases. In addition, the habit of breathing through the mouth can also cause mouth tends to be dry.

How to cure bad breath?

The easiest way to eliminate bad breath during fasting course diligently clean your teeth, especially after eating a meal. Because after 30 minutes of not eating, mouth acidity increases because the residual acid is not removed. In addition to maintaining healthy teeth and mouth, here are some tips to overcome bad breath:

1. Brush your teeth twice a day, in the morning after breakfast and at night before bed.
2. Make flossing once a day to remove plaque and food debris that lodged in the crevice between teeth.
3. Cleaning the surface of the tongue on a regular basis. This can be done using a soft toothbrush or gauze.
4. Use an anti-bacterial mouthwash to reduce the growth of bacteria in the mouth, such as mouthwash containing chlorhexidine. Make a consultation with your dentist to use the mouthwash.
5. Scaling (cleaning of tartar).
6. Repair and Patching teeth cavities.
7. Stop smoking and drinking alcohol
8. In certain cases of xerostomia, the dentist will probably give artificial saliva. Drink plenty of water and consumption of vegetables and fruits.
9. Make regular visits to the dentist every 6 months for routine control and cleanup.
10. Consult your doctor if halitosis associated with systemic disease.
11. Increase consumption of water.
12. Increase consumption of fruits repellent bad breath like apples, yam and carrots.

Here's an additional way to treat bad breath naturally:

- Cloves (3-5 seeds)
- Water (to taste)

Take 3-5 cloves flower seeds. Brewed with enough water for about 5 minutes, then chill. Use this water to rinse.

Hopefully all the tips to overcome and eliminate bad breath can be more than useful for those who have bad breath odors.

Source: From various sources

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