CAUSES FOR HALITOSIS
- Inadequate oral hygiene
- Improperly cleaned dentures
- Long-term hunger
- Tooth decay and gum disease
- Liver diseases
- Reduction in salivation
- Pulmonary infections
- Gastrointestinal diseases
- Some foods
- Kidney failure
- Metabolic disorders
- Tobacco products and alcohol
PRECAUTIONS THAT MAY HELP TO PREVENT MALODOUR
- Toothbrushes should be replaced after a maximum of three months of use.
- Morning and evening teeth should be brushed regularly from back to front and then the teeth should be cleaned with floss. A toothpaste containing zinc may be preferred. If a mouthwash containing CHX is used, it may be used for a maximum of 1 week.
- Zinc gum may be chewed during the day.
- Bacteria on the tongue, especially on the back of the tongue, cause bad breath. Therefore, the tongue should be brushed with a sweeping motion starting from the back.
- Drinking 2.5 - 3 liters of water per day increases salivation and helps to prevent bad breath.
- Some foods help prevent halitosis (such as parsley, yogurt, apple, carrot).
- Adding cinnamon to food and drinks is an effective method against intraoral bacteria.
- Teeth should be brushed for at least two minutes before sleeping.
- Anti-inflammatory mouthwash with zinc and without alcohol may be used.
- Smoking and alcohol should be avoided.
- Do not stay hungry for a long time.
- The bites must be chewed thoroughly, which reduces the chance of food remaining in the mouth. In addition, good chewed foods will be better digested because of stomach-borne halitosis is prevented.
- Consult your doctor if the medications used constantly cause bad breath.
TREATMENT OF MALODOUR
Physiological bad breath does not need treatment; it may be eliminated by measures taken by the person.
The underlying disease is detected in pathological halitosis and treatment is applied to improve it.