You may not be familiar with the medical term halitosis, but it’s likely you are familiar with the effects of halitosis. Simply put, halitosis is a formal way of referring to bad breath, and unless an individual is completely isolated from other people, halitosis can be detrimental to social, professional, and especially personal relationships. In most cases, halitosis is the result of a poor or non-existent oral hygiene routine or regimen, although it can also be caused by dry mouth, tobacco, coffee, the side effects of postnasal drip, oral infections, diabetes, and even the malfunction or failure of the kidneys or liver. If you are suffering from a severe case of halitosis and regularly flossing, brushing, and rinsing your mouth with mouthwash have had no noticeable effect, it is advisable to schedule a professional consultation with your dentist. If you feel comfortable discussing halitosis with a spouse, partner, family member, or friend that is trying to mask or hide their bad breath, or may even be avoiding social engagements and events, advise them to seek professional guidance from a dentist or oral hygienist who can recommend ways to treat and even cure their condition.
Maintain Daily Oral Hygiene
As we previously mentioned, the easiest and most effective way to deal with mild to medium cases of halitosis is to maintain a daily oral hygiene routine that includes flossing, brushing and using a mouthwash. This routine should follow every meal, and depending on the source of the halitosis, the use of a plastic tongue scraper can also effective. Although breath mints, chewing gums and sprays can offer temporary relief, they only mask the source of the halitosis and can even be dangerous if they are used as an ongoing basis to cover up a health condition that will likely get worse over time.