Bad breath occurs when a noticeable unpleasant odors are exhaled in breathing. It is estimated to be the third most frequent reason for seeking dental aid, due to tooth decay, gum tissue and bone inflammation.
In most cases 90% of bad breath originates in the mouth. The intensity of the bad breath might change during the day due to eating certain food like onion, garlic, seafood etc. Morning breath is caused due to the mouths inactivity and reduction of oxygen exposure while sleeping. It normally dissipates after eating, brushing and rinsing. Bad breath could also originate from respiratory track and tonsils, or gastrointestinal problems. During dental exam, we can evaluate your teeth, gum tissue and tongue to determine if the source of your problem is oral.
The majority of bad breath cases can be managed by maintaining good oral hygiene, good brushing, flossing and using a mouthwash (like Listerine). Some research has found that mouthwash could be effective in controlling bad breath producing bacteria for few hours. Cleaning your tongue by using your toothbrush or a tongue blade can also help the mechanical elimination of germs.
Eat healthy, a lot of fruits and vegetables, avoid onions, garlic, alcohol and high sugar diet. Drink a lot of water, avoid sodas and power drinks.