Next to dental cavity and gum diseases, halitosis is one of the most common reasons why people see dentists. Halitosis, like headache, is a symptom that can be caused by several different pathologies. For example, some liver and stomach diseases are known to cause bad bread. Sometimes, the problem can even be purely psychological.

In this article, we will talk about the dental related cause of halitosis.

Halitosis is caused by odor forming bacterial in your mouth. Specifically, the bacteria trapped around your gum line and the back of your tongue. When daily brushing and flossing is not carried out properly, bacteria starts to form plaque around poorly cleaned area.

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Back of the tongue can sometimes be the cause of halitosis

Another location where bacteria can accumulate is the back of the tongue. Your tongue is covered by a forest of taste buds; a perfect place for bacteria to evade your daily brushing and flossing. The back of the tongue tend to be exceptionally dry, because they are constantly being flushed by saliva. This makes it an even more ideal place for bacteria to hide.

The foul odor is caused by the chemical compounds produced by bacteria. Volatile sulfuric compound (VSC), which smells like rotten egg. The chemical can be removed by brushing and rinsing, but unless the source of the odor is eliminated, the problem will always come back.

If the cause of your halitosis is dental related, you can mediate the problem by thorough daily brushing and flossing. On top of that, you can also invest in mouth wash and tongue brush. Drinking water also helps flushing down bacteria and diluting the odorous chemical. The bottom line is, human are not odorless animals. Everyone is bound to have their own unique smell. So don’t panic if you have a little smell of your own. It’s not as bad as you think.

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