This is a very common problem of adults all over the world. According to a study conducted by Colgate, up to 50% of the adult population in the whole world is suffering from this medical condition called halitosis. Bad Breath Institute says that 35% to 45% of people have bad breath which matures into this funky medical ailment. As for those who live in the US, research proved at least 80M American adults suffer from chronic bad breath.
What makes the breath smell bad even after you’ve brushed your teeth?
This odor coming from the mouth is a result of bacteria thriving within the mouth, embedded between the teeth or can come from an underlying health disorder other than the mouth. It can easily be cured if the bad breath is a temporary state or phase – for example, waking up in the morning and the normal breath is stale since saliva has dried up or eating pungent foods like garlic. But for others, their bad breath is strong and chronic. It becomes halitosis.
Are there other symptoms to know that you may have extremely bad breath or halitosis?
Most of the time, the person can’t smell that he or she has bad breath. Other people can smell it and so, if you see them react when you speak to them, take this as a sign that your breath is foul. Another way to ascertain that you have bad breath is the “taste” test. Feel the saliva on your tongue. If it tastes funny or has a rancid smack to it, then, you may have bad breath. This goes beyond brushing the teeth and gums, and gargling with mouthwash.
What are some of the causes of bad breath or halitosis?
- You will have bad breath if you neglect your dental hygiene practices. After eating, small food particles will be squeezed in between your teeth. The food will rot and bacteria will also thrive in it. Plaque will develop as well and these instances combined will cause the unpleasant smell.
- Pungent foods like garlic and onion cause bad breath for up to 72 hours. The oil from the food is being absorbed in the stomach and is released into the bloodstream. Then, the “stinky” blood passes through the lungs which manifests the staleness. Even if you brush, it won’t come off. Coffee can also contribute to this supposedly bad mouth odor.
- Smoking dries the mouth and contributes to the putrid breath even more.
- On the subject of “dry mouth”, it does make the breath smell unpleasant. Dry mouth means there is a lack of saliva produced within – saliva decreases the bad smell and cleanses the mouth, as well. If it is a salivary gland condition, this has a separate treatment and is not a bad breath issue. Otherwise, it can be halitosis.
- Bad breath can also be due to periodontal diseases. Not brushing your teeth regularly can promote plaque build-up. Plaque that remains in between the teeth can turn into tartar. Tartar cannot be removed by brushing alone and this is really smelly.
Can my halitosis be treated?
Of course! Just set an appointment with your dentist so that he or she can administer a test on your bad breath condition. The dentist has the perfect solution to all your dental concerns and you will be odor-free in no time.
Sometimes, your severe bad breath can lead you to feel stressed out, anxious or depressed. It can affect you gravely and may turn into a mental health issue for you. You can always submit to online therapy for stress or anxiety relief. A therapist in your area will be very much willing to talk to you about your worries.