Friday, April 8, 2011

Bad breath


Bad breath or halitosis is a bad smell from the mouth when anyone is breathing out.

Crores of bacteria living in the mouth are the primary cause of bad breath.

Causes of bad breath:

·        Poor dental hygiene,
·        Infections in the mouth,  
·        Respiratory tract infections,
·        External agents like garlic, onions, coffee, cigarette smoking, chewing  
tobacco,
·        Dry mouth or xerostomia, caused by salivary gland problems, medicines or breathing through mouth  
·        Systemic illnesses like diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease, lung disease, sinus disease, reflux disease, etc.

Prevention of bad breath:
 
·        Brushing your teeth, tongue and gums after meals
·       Flossing daily
·        Rinsing with a mouthwash
·       Visiting the dentist regularly.

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