What causes bad breath, how to manage ?
Hello, What causes bad breath, how to manage ? Is there any home remedy to treat this condition? Please leave your comments on this.
@mina The mouth is home to hundreds of bacterial species with various nutritional preferences. These organisms usually enjoy proteins, and as they digest proteins several fetid substances arise. The role of volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs) in producing bacteria that colonize over the tongue was recently understood as a main cause of halitosis (bad breath). The most common VSCs, such as methylmercaptan and hydrogen sulfite, can be detected by using organoleptic and objective methods, which can identify and localize the source. In people with rigorous oral hygiene, good dentition and a healthy periodontium, the main cause of bad breath (halitosis) is likely to be the back of the tongue. Saliva plays a big role in bad breath (halitosis) elimination. Bad breath (halitosis) levels during the day are inversely related to saliva flow. The best way to treat bad breath (halitosis) is to instill patients with good oral hygiene practices. Although patients often balk at using dental floss, compliance improves once the connection is made between flossing and fresh breath (eg, just by asking the patients to smell their own floss following each passage). Many people continue to have malodor of oral origin, even after carrying out oral hygiene practices. In such instances, rinsing and gargling with an efficacious mouthwash may be advised. Keep in mind, however, that many mouthwashes contain components that may have a nonbeneficial effect on oral soft tissues (eg, alcohol, sodium dodecyl sulfate, strong oxidizing agents). The best time to use a mouthwash is probably before bedtime because the residue of the mouthrinse may remain in the mouth for a longer period of time and have a greater effect and because the bacterial activity leading to bad breath (halitosis) is greatest during the nighttime, when saliva flow is practically zero and microbial activity is highest.Other methods to reduce halitosis (bad breath) include changes in diet (reducing substrate for VOC production), especially in a high-protein diet. Preventing the drying of the oral mucosa by hydration and stimulation of salivary flow can improve oral malodor (halitosis) due to the presence of lysozymes in saliva, causing inhibition of bacterial growth.