Bad breath or mouth odour also known as halitosis is a common problem that can cause significant psychological distress. Anyone can suffer from bad breath on a regular basis.
Bad breath typically originates in the mouth, where bacteria are ever present. When you eat, bits of food get caught in your teeth. Bacteria grow on these bits of food, releasing foul-smelling sulfur compounds.
The most common cause of bad breath is poor dental hygiene. If you don’t brush and floss often, the bacteria in your mouth continue to grow, and a thin film of bacteria known as plaque builds up on your teeth. When plaque isn’t brushed away at least twice per day, it produces a foul odor and leads to another smelly process, tooth decay.
All foods get stuck in your teeth, but certain foods like onions and garlic more commonly lead to bad breath. Digestion of these foods releases sulfur compounds into your bloodstream. When the blood reaches your lungs, it affects your breath.
POTENTIAL CAUSES OF BAD BREATH ARE:
FOOD: the breakdown of food particles stuck in the teeth can cause doors.
DRY MOUTH: saliva naturally cleans the mouth. If the mouth is naturally dry for instance in the morning, or dry due to specific disease such as xerostomia, odors can build up.
MOUTH , NOSE , AND THROAT CONDITION: sometimes small, bacteria covered stones can form on the tonsils at the back of the throat ( tonsilloliths ) and produce odor.
DENTAL HYGIENE: if brushing and flossing is not regular, a film of bacteria called plaque builds up and slowly produces odor.
CRASH DIET: fasting and low carbohydrate eating programs can produce halitosis; this I due to the breakdown of fats producing chemicals called Ketones. These ketones have a strong aroma.
HOME REMEDY TO CURE MOUTH ODOR/ BAD BREATH
-USE OF GARLIC, CINNAMON AND LEMON JUICE
Chew one cube of garlic with a small piece of cinnamon for some minute, bring them out and then wash the mouth with lemon juice.
Try this for some days and be mouth odor free.
Research shows that mouth dryness often causes bad breath. Saliva plays a very important role in keeping your mouth clean. Without it, bacteria thrive.
Your mouth naturally dries out while you sleep, which is why breath is typically worse in the morning.
Milk is a well-known cure for bad breath. Research shows that drinking milk after eating garlic can significantly improve “garlicky” breath.
To use this method, drink a glass of low- or full-fat milk during or after a meal containing strong-smelling foods like garlic and onions.