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Article : What Causes Bad Breath?  

Author : Dr. Priya Kannan. BDS, MDS

Bad breath can be caused by many factors including poor oral hygiene, particular foods, underlying dental or medical conditions, dry mouth and certain lifestyle changes and choices.

Poor oral hygiene is the primary cause of bad breath. Bacteria from food particles that remain on or in between the teeth can become rotten and emit a foul smell. Flossing daily and brushing twice a day can prevent this from happening.

Strong and spicy foods can also cause bad breath. This is because the odor from these foods is expelled from our lungs after the foods are absorbed into the bloodstream.

According to dental studies, about 85% of people with persistent bad breath (also known as halitosis) have a dental condition that is to blame. These conditions could be one or more of the following:

• Poor oral hygiene

• Gum disease

• Cavities

• Oral cancer

• Dry mouth (xerostomia)

• Bacteria on the tongue

It is important to rule out any medical or dental problems for chronic bad breath. If bad breath is the cause of a dental condition, mouthwash will only mask the odor and not cure it.

Lifestyle changes and choices are also contributing factors for bad breath, especially with teens. Tobacco use, eating disorders and braces are some examples of these changes and choices.

The Battle Against Bad Breath

Once dental or medical problems have been ruled out, the following steps can help teenagers get rid of bad breath for good: 1. Don’t use tobacco products

2. Eat a healthy and nutritious diet

3. Visit the dentist for regular check ups

4. Floss at least once a day

5. Brush your teeth and tongue twice a day

Teenagers who wear braces should take extra care in practicing good oral hygiene because food particles can become easily trapped in the brace

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