Which also causes bad breath after brushing
Throat problems : Bad breath?
In most cases, bad breath is caused by problems in the throat
April 25, 2016, 9:00 p.m.
In the morning right after getting up or after a quick kebab, your own breath doesn't smell very beneficial for anyone. However, there are also people who constantly or very frequently smell unpleasant smells from their mouths. In such cases, doctors speak of halitosis.
When exactly halitosis starts is difficult to define, says the Düsseldorf dentist Sebastian Michaelis. "We are interested in the cases in which halitosis can be smelled at a distance that restricts those affected in social life." held a halitosis consultation in his practice. There it is first checked whether a patient actually has bad breath. If the dentist detects a noticeable odor, he looks for the source.
Many people believe that the typical putrid smell comes from the stomach. But that is practically never the case, explains Michaelis. Almost always - in around 90 percent of cases - the causes lie in the mouth. Mostly bacteria that sit between the teeth, in deep gum pockets or under wobbly dentures are the culprits. With the right treatment, bad breath can usually be eliminated quickly.
If the dentist can't find anything, the next route is to the ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctor. This is because the second most common cause of foul breath is to be found in the nose or throat. Chronic sinus infections or bacterial build-up on the tonsils can create a bad smell from your mouth and nose.
If the cause is in the tonsils, surgery can very likely help, but it is not 100 percent. In addition, tonsil surgery is always associated with a certain risk of complications. For example, it can lead to secondary bleeding.
To prevent bad breath, you should brush your teeth twice a day, once in combination with dental floss or interdental brushes and cleaning the tongue.
In addition, you should ideally have the hard plaque removed by the dentist once or twice a year. Antibacterial mouthwashes should only be used after consulting a dentist. Because rinsing too often can upset the bacterial balance in the mouth.
Anyone who pays attention to good oral hygiene but still thinks they have bad breath should ask friends or their dentist. Self-tests - like smelling your own saliva - are not reliable according to experts.
If someone has bad breath and does not notice it, dentist Sebastian Michaelis recommends addressing this openly: "In my experience, most people are very grateful if you - carefully and tactfully, of course - draw their attention to it."
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