Matthew Olowokere, the Chief Dentist of Hopmat Dental Clinic, Jos said in Jos on Monday that mouth odours are usually the result of medical problems with some internal organs.
Mr. Olowokere, a Consultant Dentist said that the mouth as the gateway into the body and vice-versa, would normally convey the effect of such medical issue to the outside world.
He said, “If one has a medical concern with an internal organ or organs, this normally gives rise to persistent and chronic mouth odour.
“This type of mouth odour or bad breathe is not caused by poor oral hygiene, but it indicates a symptom of an internal ailment.
“Or medical problems such as respiratory tract infections, diabetes and gastrointestinal disorders (stomach ulcers). The odour can also signal some medical issues with the liver, lungs or kidney.
“So, when an individual, who maintains proper oral hygiene still experiences bad breathe, he should promptly see a doctor for adequate check-up”.
The dentist however said that aside the medical conditions, poor oral hygiene could also cause bad breathe.
He regretted that most people are very negligent of their oral health, pointing out that such persons do not brush regularly, hardly floss or
even visit a dentist for regularly mouth check.
Mr. Olowokere said, “If you do not maintain a good oral hygiene by brushing your teeth regularly, you allow calculus (tartars) and a lot of
food remnants and debris to settle around the teeth and gum.
“The situation could lead to the accumulation of bacteria that causes bad breath.
“When one has real dental issues, such as one having many cavities (holes), this creates an environment for bacteria and the cavities gather food debris that could cause decay and produce an unpleasant
According to him, other mild factors that could trigger mouth odour are the kind of food one eats such as garlic, onions, and some meals that are not properly chewed.
Fasting, he said, could also cause mouth odour.
To fight bad breath, Mr. Olowokere advised people to respect the rules of oral hygiene like brushing teeth and tongue two times a day and flossing daily to clean spaces between teeth.
He advised individuals to take responsibility for their oral health by going for dental checks twice yearly, stressing that not doing so would expose the individual to a situation where their dental issue could become severe.
“It is wise to go for regular check-ups to avert complications; most of the problems that involve tooth extraction, usually take a long time to get to that stage.
“With regular dental checks, such can be salvaged,” the dentists said.
Mr. Olowokere advised people to change their tooth brushes as soon as the bristles begin to wear out, and cautioned against using tooth brushes whose bristles had pulled out as they could cause injury to the gum