How to Manage Halitosis [Bad Breath]

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Halitosis is a problem that everybody deals with. Even though the most common cause of bad breath is poor oral hygiene, people who practice good oral hygiene also have to deal with bad breath, indicating that the problem cannot be pinned on just poor oral hygiene.

How to manage halitosis

Poor oral hygiene is one of the biggest reasons people have halitosis. There are other factors that can make the breath stink, though, including the type of food one eats and the amount of saliva the mouth produces. Dentists also believe that gum disease can lead to bad breath if the disease spreads after being left untreated.

How does food affect breath?

Everything a person eats is broken down in the mouth before it is swallowed, which means that eating foods with strong odors, like garlic, can make the breath stink. Even though the odor can be masked temporarily by brushing the teeth, chewing gum and using mouthwash, the odor will linger until the food has completely passed through the body.

How does saliva affect breath?

According to dentists, having a dry mouth can cause bad breath because the saliva the body produces is necessary for moistening the mouth, neutralizing plaque produced acids and washing away the dead cells on the gums, cheeks and tongue. If the body does not produce enough saliva, the cells will decompose and cause bad breath.

Practice good oral hygiene to prevent halitosis

Brushing the teeth twice a day and flossing regularly can help to reduce or prevent bad breath. People are advised to try brushing their teeth after eating, but if they are unable to, they should rinse their mouth with water to remove the food particles in the mouth and chew sugar-free gum to stimulate the production of saliva.

Toothbrushes should be replaced every two to three months, after an illness or when the bristles start to fray. People are also advised to use antibacterial mouthwash at least twice a day to kill the germs in the mouths and remember to remove and clean their dentures before going to bed.

Get regular dental examinations

Going for regular dental checkups helps to reduce the chances of having halitosis because the dentist will be able to pick up symptoms of tooth decay or gum disease during routine checkups and start treatment before it becomes a bigger problem. The dentist will also provide the patient with tips and techniques on how to improve oral hygiene and keep the bad breath away.

Stay away from tobacco products

Smoking cigarettes puts people at risk of gum disease which can lead to bad breath and bigger problems if left untreated. Smokeless tobacco products also increase the risk of cancer and damage the teeth and gums. The smell of these products also causes bad breath after use.

Drink water

Drinking a lot of water keeps the mouth moist and stimulates the production of saliva which is useful in washing away the bacteria and food particles in the mouth.


Halitosis affects a lot of people, but it can be treated and minimized following the steps listed. If you need more tips on how to manage halitosis, talk to your dentist to learn more ways to prevent it.

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