Causes of bad breath
- Having taken strong flavoured food
- Oral hygiene problem
- Bad oral hygiene
- It will be accompanied by putrefied food debris.
- Failed to thoroughly clean the denture.
- Plaque and food debris left behind will cause bad breath.
- Oral Diseases or Oral Problems
- Oral Diseases such as:
- Tooth decay
If tooth decay has extended into the pulp, the necrotic pulp will emit foul odour.
- gum disease
The accumulation of dental plaque and calculus irritates the gum, which leads to gum disease and causes bad breath.
- General health problems such as:
- Respiratory system problems
- Allergic Rhinitis (nose allergy)
- Sinusitis (infection of sinus)
- Alimentary tract problem (digestive system)
- Nasopharyngeal Cancer (cancer of the nose and throat)
Prevention and management
- Avoid eating strong flavoured food.
If you have just had strong flavoured food, you can try:
- Brush your teeth with toothpaste
- Use chewing gum
- Rinse with mouthwash
- Pay attention to your regular oral hygiene practices to prevent oral problems
- Keep the teeth clean
Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste before bed at night as well as in the morning and floss your teeth daily.
- Reduce the frequency of drinks and food intake
- Keep the denture clean
Thoroughly clean it every night and immerse it in a glass of water when it is not worn.
- Visit a dentist for regular dental check-up
- To ensure whether the bad breath is caused by oral diseases such as gum disease or tooth decay, or whether it is caused by insufficient saliva production; so that appropriate treatment can be given.
- Quit smoking
- Visit a doctor for body check-up
If you don't have any oral problem, nor have you eaten anything with a strong flavour, your bad breath may be caused by other medical problems. In that case, you should see a physician to find out the cause and receive appropriate treatment.
Last revision date: 18 January 2012