Bad breath, or halitosis, can be an embarrassing condition caused by various factors, including diet, smoking, dry mouth, systemic illnesses, and plaque deposits on the tongue.
What you eat matters – foods like garlic and onions can contribute. Smoking and dry mouth create an ideal environment for odour-causing bacteria. Systemic illnesses and tongue plaque add to the mix.
Combatting bad breath involves regular oral hygiene practices, including brushing the tongue, using a tongue scraper, and maintaining a balanced diet. In more advanced cases, Periodontal treatment may be recommended. Quitting smoking and seeking medical help for underlying health issues are crucial.
Persistent bad breath can lead to social discomfort and a loss of confidence. Regular dental checkups play a vital role in addressing and preventing halitosis.
Around 25% of people globally experience chronic bad breath. Regular dental checkups and a good oral hygiene routine can significantly reduce this prevalence.