A lot of small signs can show that you have bad breath. Have you noticed people stepping away from you when you start to talk? Do you notice an unpleasant odour when you breathe? Are you anxious about it? Are you wondering what is the reason for bad breath?
Gum disease (periodontal diseases) is among the commonest chronic inflammatory conditions affecting the human body and is a leading cause for tooth loss. Considering that a growing body of evidence seems to suggest an association between periodontitis and other systemic conditions such as cardiovascular diseases and diabetes mellitus, treating gum disease may be important not just for the health of the oral cavity but general health as well.
Riya was very nervous that day. It was the last round of her job interview and she had to meet the CEO, for a face to face meeting. She was an excellent candidate for the role and she knew she would sweep the interview with the job and a great salary, if her skills were the only deciding parameter. She had also dressed up very aptly for the interview, looking her professional best. But still, something was bothering Riya very much.
Riya had been suffering from bad breath for the past one month. She had been postponing her dentist appointment for the past one week and today, she landed in a catch 22 position. She wished she had visited the dentist earlier or at least maintained good dental hygiene in the recent past. Not just Riya, but a lot of us do not pay much attention to the most essential part of our body, that is our mouth.
Dental hygiene is not only about the teeth but also concerns gums, tongue and the mouth cavity.
A research by Bristol University suggests that oral hygiene might be directly linked to cardio-vascular diseases. The research says “cardiovascular disease is currently the biggest killer in the western world. Oral bacteria such as Streptococcus gordonii and Streptococcus sanguinis are common infecting agents, and we now recognise that bacterial infections are an independent risk factor for heart diseasesNot just the heart disease, but other deadly illnesses like Alzheimers and pancreatic cancer have been linked to bleeding of gums and presence of bacteria in the mouth. Although tooth decay is the most common dental problem that occurs in all age groups today, other problems that could arise are gum disease (gingivitis), dry mouth (xerostomia), abscessed tooth, joint disorders, etc.
Those with poor oral hygiene are more at risk of developing gingivitis, especially those who have diabetes, as their resistance to infection is lower and also smokers. Women also have high chances of developing gingivitis during pregnancy. Stress, which weakens the immune system and genes can also lead to this condition.
Here are 3 simple reasons on why dental hygiene should be your top priority:
Overall physical health: A healthy mouth is good for your entire body. Dental hygiene is linked to a lot of health conditions as the nerves present in the mouth’s cavity are mostly linked to the brain. Any issues that arise out of the nerves related to dental hygiene can prove fatal to the functioning of many essential organs in the body such as ear, heart, etc. So, it is essential to pay attention to dental hygiene.
Boost confidence: Good dental hygiene ensures that your mental happiness and confidence quotient is also high, especially if you are a working professional.
Be a good role-model: When it comes to dental hygiene, it is of core concern especially if you are a parent. Children consume all kinds of junk like chocolates and candies than anyone else does. Hence, they are the most susceptible to dental problems. As a parent, if you introduce good dental hygiene habits in your lifestyle, your children will emulate you in the same.
Here are 3 simple things you could practice every day to maintain good dental hygiene:
- Brush your teeth twice a day
- Floss in between the teeth gaps and your tongue
- Rinse your mouth after every meal
And, apart from these measures, it is advised that one visits the dentist once in 6 months to check on their dental hygiene status and also to get latest tips from the dentist on oral hygiene.
To retain a beautiful and healthy smile for life, regular dental check-ups are mandatory. It will help you to prevent the need for major dental treatments in future with the added advantage of cost effectiveness. A recommended healthy habit would be a dental visit for every six months. Enjoy a lifelong dental health with a regular check-up plan!
1) Have a Good Sleep: The ester day before your visit, give your mind and body a relaxed healthy sleep that will soothe your nerves to drive out anxiety.
2) Confirm Your Visit: A few dental clinics may take an initiative to call and confirm your appointment on the prescribed date. If not, it is mandatory that you make sure of your visit again 24 hours in advance and be on time.
3) Transfer Your Previous Records: If you’d had a home or work shift from one area to other, you must verify with your old dentist to transfer your existing dental records to the new dentist in place.
4) Brush and Floss: Don’t take your mouth dirty and stinky when you’re about to go for a dental check-up. Besides helping the dentist to examine it easily, it also serves you with better results.
5) Come Updated: Note that you come prepared with your updated medical history, any insurance and any further details on your health entailed in your document. Know that, the more you make your dentist knows about your health records, the more he/she will be able to give you a more personalized care.
6) Discuss in Detail: Make a checklist of all your queries and problems that you were experiencing such as bleeding, sensitivity or sores. Also, it is important to list down all the medicines and supplements that you take it for your temporary pains. Be honest and answer the questions of the dentist.
7) Confront Dental Anxiety: Propose all your fears about the dental treatment that you’re about to undergo to your dentist in advance so that you both can work together to reduce your anxieties and increase your comfort levels.
8) Fix the Next Checkup: Take down the post-checkup steps to be followed and stick to them accordingly. Also, decide on a follow-up appointment date at your convenience.
Your dentist may need your fullest co-operation and in return, you may also need expert professional guidance. It is of no matter whether you’re visiting a dental clinic for cleaning or check-up or any disease or any complicated treatment, the ultimate necessity is “preparedness”.
Bad breath or halitosis as it is referred to by dentists, is a common oral condition and a reason why patients seek dental consultation. Halitosis is the result of microbial activity in the mouth in a majority of the population.Treatment options are relatively straightforward when the clinician can objectively verify the presence of oral malodor/bad breath. In many cases, however, the patient’s complaint of bad breath does not appear to have an objective basis.
Reasons for oral-based malodor include –
– Poor oral hygiene.
– Periodontal disease.
– Faulty dental restorations.
– Debris buildup on the posterior area of the tongue.
Many factors influence the way in which we generally perceive odors. Qualitative judgments of odors largely depend on a person’s experience and personality traits. In this context, how we perceive our own breath odor is even more complex. Generally speaking, people appear to be unable to tell whether they have bad breath. This inability, termed the ‘bad breath paradox’ results in millions of people who have bad breath, but are unaware of it, while millions of others who do not have discernible bad breath think they do. The consequences of this paradox are immense.
People who are not aware of their bad breath may come across social professional rejections without knowing why. Since bad breath and other body odors are intimate topics, few of us are willing to confront people who have this problem. This is unfortunate, as bad breath often is indicative of oral and medical conditions that can be treated. On the other hand, so-called “halitophobia” spend their entire lives obsessed with the thought that others perceive them as having bad breath. This obsession causes them to severely restrict their behavior, avoid social interactions and regularly attempt to cover up a problem that does not exist.
Classification of halitosis:
- Genuine halitosis
- Physiologic halitosis
- Pathologic halitosis
Most oral malodor originates within the oral cavity itself, mostly as an effect of microbial activity, in which volatile sulfur compounds (VSC) and other volatile compounds are produced through proteolysis and putrefaction of glycoproteins and proteins. Furthermore, cleaning of the teeth and tongue, rinsing with mouthwash, and periodontal therapy can control oral malodor.
However, it has also been reported that these treatments are often deemed unsuccessful by patients who are extremely sensitive to and often delusional about the behavior of others towards their imagined oral malodor, and who suffer from oral malodor with accompanying psychosomatic tendencies.
Halitosis is also caused due to certain systemic conditions, namely
- Chronic liver failure
- Chronic renal failure
- Diabetes mellitus
Thus in such cases treatment of the underlying cause can bring the halitosis under control.
Home Remedies for Bad Breath – Figuring out the cause of bad breath is the first step, obviously, in doing something about it, but here are some home remedies to keep your breath as fresh as possible.
Keep your mouth clean – Brush thoroughly before breakfast and after dinner which should be followed by flossing.Food/bacteria trapped between teeth and at the gumline can be removed only with floss; if it’s left to linger, it’s not going to smell nice. Periodontal/gum disease can result in bad breath too.
Clean your tongue – Bacteria left on your tongue can contribute to less-than-fresh breath, so be sure to brush your tongue after you’ve cleaned your pearly whites.
Denture care – If you wear dentures, remove them prior to sleeping.Clean them thoroughly and wear them again in the morning.
Wet your oral cavity – A dry mouth can cause smelly breath. Saliva contains natural antibacterial effects that help clean your mouth, and it washes away food particles.(Saliva flow is reduced at night, which explains why your breath smells sour in the morning.) Try chewing on sugarless mints to stimulate saliva production.
Don’t stress out – Stress can dry out your mouth, causing bad breath.
Avoid potent foods – Garlic and onions, among other foods, contain sulfur compounds that move on to the lungs after they are absorbed in the bloodstream, which in turn can cause bad breath.
How a dentist can help – Regular professional cleaning, correction of faulty restorations/fillings, correction of ill-fitting dentures, full mouth disinfection, treatment of gum/periodontal diseases and other oral diseases/lesions that may be a precursor or cause of halitosis can be done with the dentists diagnostic and treatment skills.
Kindly visit us at any one of our Dental Centres in case of any kind of dental problem or for a thorough dental assessment.
Courtesy Dr. Vignesh N, Apollo WHITE Dental, Puducherry. For more details call: +91 954 3368478 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org