breath, otherwise known as oral malodour or halitosis,
is a build up of volatile sulphur compounds and other
gases produced by bacteria. These gases form an unpleasant
odour, which is noticeable when one speaks or breaths
out. Often this is worse after a night's sleep and
is called "Morning Breath". Oral malodour mainly occurs
from an accumulation of real bacteria if the whole
mouth is not thoroughly cleaned daily.
Everybody gets bad breath or halitosis on a regular
basis, no matter how good your oral hygiene. Bad breath
is usually caused due to poor diet, drying of the
mouth, not brushing teeth regularly, illness, low
fluid intake, stress, lack of salivary flow and exercise.
Some people are more prone to bad breath (halitosis)
than others, and need to pay extra attention in order
to maintain fresh breath.
Do I have bad breathe?
To detect whether you have bad breath, the best way
to check is to ask a family member, partner or a close
friend for their opinion. Another simple way to check
if you have bad breath is to lick your wrist. Leave
the saliva to dry and smell the area for any unpleasant
Causes of Bad breathe (halitosis)
alcohol and coffee causes bad breathe.
throat and sinus infections cause bad breathe.
oral hygiene and dental disease is also a likely
cause of bad breathe.
mouth - e.g. speaking a lot or mouth breathing because
of nasal polyps or hay fever for example.
of mouth, throat or respiratory tract.
who have gum disease have bad breathe.
foods such as onions, pizza, garlic, alcohol and
spicy foods can cause bad breath.
Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day.
brush teeth after meals and before sleeping and
floss your teeth regularly.
the tongue is coated, gently remove once or twice
a day using a tongue cleaner.
frequent spicy foods and excessive alcohol or coffee.
Also stop smoking.
sugar. Sweet snacks feed bacteria.
Skip breath foulers such as onions, garlic, ice-
cream, and coffee.
a Dentist/Doctor if
remedies fail to help you.
have any symptoms in addition to the bad breath,
which is a dental problem, for example bleeding
of gums, pain, fever, cough, phlegm, horse voice
or any change in the appearance of the mouth, tongue,
gums and throat.