Bad breath or halitosis affects approximately 65% of the population. Temporary halitosis is caused by a decrease in saliva production during sleep, combined with reduced tongue and cheek movement activity. A good balanced breakfast and brushing of the teeth and tongue will help restore fresh breath.
Causes of bad breath
- Inflammation and gum disease.
- Poor oral hygiene.
- The presence of cavities and defective restorations.
- Retention of food particles between the teeth.
- Outbreaks of infection.
- Breathing through the mouth.
- Decreased salivary flow.
- The accumulation of bacteria and food debris on the tongue.
The effectiveness of mouthwash on bad breath
Mouthwash masks bad breath temporarily. If used in excess, it can irritate the mucous membranes of the mouth and make the problem worse.