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InterestingTeethBad Smell/Odour - Indu's Dental Specialties

December 8, 20190

 

1) Why it is caused?

Bad smell/odor is also called Halitosis. (Halitophobia – fear of having bad breath)

  • Plaque build-up: soft, sticky film on tooth & gum line
  • Morning breath: due to food bacteria multiply during sleep
  • Foods like garlic, onions, coffee, dairy products, etc
  • Improper brushing and not flossing
  • Dry mouth: due to a decrease in saliva flow
  • Acid reflux like gastritis, heartburn, etc
  • Allergies like cold, asthma, tonsillitis sinusitis
  • Smoking & alcohol usage
  • Gum & ligament problems, dental abscess

 

2) How to prevent it?

  • Proper brushing &flossing
  • Tongue scraping
  • Adjust &modify diet
  • Regular dental visits
  • Avoid dry mouth
  • Change a toothbrush
  • Using interdental brush
  • Using fluoride toothpaste

 

3) When to go for treatment?

  • Yellowish or brownish discoloration of teeth- build-up around teeth
  • Bleeding, swollen, or redness of gums
  • Decrease saliva flow- dry mouth
  • Constant sour, bitter metallic taste
  • White or yellow coating on the tongue
  • Post nasal drip or mucous
  • Food lodgement

 

4) What is the treatment?  what happens in treatment?

  • Dietary recommendations- increasing zinc-rich foods
  • Brushing twice daily with proper brushing technique
  • Quitting smoking
  • Salt water gargling
  • Tongue scraping
  • Avoiding foods causing bad breath like onions, garlic, etc
  • Interdental & flossing aids
  • Avoiding dry mouth
  • Scaling: removing calculus & stains on tooth surfaces & polishing
  • Using mouthwash prescribed by the dentist
  • Treating underlying GI problem
  • Rinsing the mouth after every meal

Post-operative care:
Brushing &flossing daily
Periodic check-ups
Controlling &knowing the causes of bad breathing

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