Halitosis is a problem that afflicts many people all over the world. A person suffering
from halitosis is likely to experience a measure of social anxiety or isolation due to the
odors that are coming from their mouth, so it is an important issue that should be
addressed. Key questions that should be considered are, what causes halitosis, and
how can these effects be diminished? The following information will be exploring a just a
few of the oral health reason for halitosis.
Food in Your Teeth
One of the leading causes of bad breath, is the continued presence of previous meals in
the mouth. When you eat, small pieces of your food can become trapped around the
gums and between the teeth, leading to an abundance of areas where food has become
deposited. If the food isn’t removed through a mechanic process like brushing or
flossing, then the food will be free to sit in your mouth and rot. Even though this rot is
small, it will still be perceivable to others and possibly yourself. It is essential that you
take the steps to remove these food particles to maintain oral hygiene.
If your mouth becomes too dry, then it is said to have dry mouth. This can be very
problematic because moisture is very important for the process of elimination that takes
place in the mouth using saliva. If saliva isn’t present in the mouth enough, bacteria will
be allowed to flourish, causing a detectable increase in unpleasant smells. When you
keep your mouth from getting dry, the saliva can work to remove harmful, smell
producing bacteria because it contains enzymes that help your mouth to maintain its
Rotting Teeth or Gums
Obviously, the rotting of anything in the mouth would create a foul-smelling odor. It is of
utmost importance to keep your mouth healthy to avoid conditions that could lead to the
death of teeth in your mouth. Food that is trapped between teeth should be removed on
a daily basis, and it could lead to serious infections that cause the death of tissues near
the infection site.
Other Medical Issues
Odors from the mouth can also be caused by infections or sickness of other local areas
such as the sinus region. Maintaining health of the throat and sinuses can reduce odors
and other uncomfortable effects caused by a local infection.