Bad breath, medically named halitosis, can be the result of poor oral hygiene or other health problems.
1. Foods associated with halitosis
Certain foods, such as garlic or onions, can cause bad breath. Brushing and using mouthwashes can hide the smell temporarily. It will be eliminated once the food is ingested.
2. Habits associated with halitosis
– Food residue left between the teeth from a lack of hygiene.
– Brushing and flossing are important.
– Food residue left on the tongue from not brushing it.
– Food residue left around removable prosthetics (dentures or partials).
– Smoking can cause bad breath, stain the teeth, reduce the taste of foods, and irritate the tissues of the mouth.
3. Health problems associated with halitosis
– Gingivitis or periodontitis caused by the accumulation of plaque containing bacteria. If this disease is left untreated, it can cause harm to the gums and the bone supporting the teeth.
– Cavity or defective fillings.
– Chronic acid reflux.