Halitosis is a medical term for bad breath. An average man has faced bad breath a number of times, which can be disgusting if it is a face-to-face conversation. In order to avoid bad breath, you must first know what causes it. Consider a non-exhaustive list of causes for bad breath cited below.
In simpler terms, cavities refer to tooth decay. When plaque spreads over teeth, its sticky mass combines with sweetening ingredients and starchy substances in food giving birth to acids that assail the tooth enamel. This is called tooth decay and causes bad breath as the tooth enamel gets depleted and damaged gradually. Progressive age and medications also add to this dental phenomenon.
If your mouth is ailing from the gum diseases, you may experience bad breath as the gums are strewn with infections, causing tooth loss mostly among adults beyond the age of thirty years. The surrounding teeth start getting discoloured. Two types of gum disease are gingivitis and periodontitis.
Xerostomia or dry mouth is a leading cause of bad breath. Saliva washes away bad breath causing bacteria from your mouth to keep the mouth fresh and free from dental issues. But lack of salivation causes bacteria to grow. Breathing through the mouth and not the nose, medications for a number of diseases lack saliva or deficiency in the generation of saliva, smoking and excessive tobacco consumption, and so on cause bad breath.
Irregular Brushing, Cleaning, and Flossing
The brushing of teeth when irregular causes bad breath. A person suffering from bad breath needs to brush daily, and they will be good to go if they brush in the morning after waking up, in the afternoon after lunch, and in the night after dinner. A mouth wash can be helpful if added to the dental regime. A mouthwash if used regularly removes bacteria and bad breath. Another method of cleaning teeth is using dental floss. Flossing regularly when the three meals of the day are done will eliminate food particles in and between your teeth. The use of a dental floss practically every day removes plaque and bad breath. Plaque is an ugly coat that develops on teeth and contains plenty of bacteria, causing dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease.
Inflammation of the Tooth Pulp
When the tissues where the thin nerves at the centre of the teeth and blood vessels (the tooth pulp or dentin) are laden with inflammation or restless irritations, they cause bad breath. This occurrence is also called pulpitis. There are two types, namely reversible and irreversible. Reversible pulpitis means when the inflammation is not very intense, and it is possible to rescue the pulp. Irreversible pulpitis is when the inflammation and associated pain are very strong, and the pulp cannot be saved.
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