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Halitosis and You

Posted in Bad Breath

When you have halitosis, it’s hard to hide it.

Halitosis, more commonly known as bad breath, occurs when the bacteria in your mouth is out of balance, leading to a foul odor that can cause people to avoid being near you. Even loved ones might turn away in disgust.

Halitosis can be caused by a number of things, the most common being food. Certain foods such as garlic, onions or certain types of spices can lead to bad breath. The smell can continue for more than a day, as the food passes through the digestive tract, is absorbed into the body and then is given off as a gas in the lungs.

Persistent, long term halitosis is usually a symptom of another more serious underlying health issue. Poor dental hygiene habits can lead to gingivitis, periodontal disease, dental carries or infections, all of which can lead to bad breath.  Other diseases, including cancer or acid reflux disease, can sometimes cause foul odors from the mouth.

Dry mouth is another concern, whether it is due medication or disease or breathing through the mouth.  Saliva helps to neutralize acidic bacteria, and without it, odors can run rampant. This is why people who snore often wake up with bad breath.

If you think you might have bad breath, ask someone you trust to take a whiff and let you know. Or, lick your forearm and then sniff the area with your mouth closed. If you smell anything afoul, you might have a problem.

Toothpaste, mouthwash and breath mints can be suitable temporary solutions to mask unpleasant odors. But if the bad breath persists despite these measures, it could be a sign of more serious issues.  In this case, you should seek a diagnosis from your dentist.

Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott



Top Causes of Bad Breath

Bad breath and halitosis can make people very self-conscious around others, and even affect their relationships with other people, no matter how significant they are. Bringing up the topic of bad breath can be an uncomfortable subject for people to discuss, but the truth is many dental patients want to ask their dentist about it. Dentists and hygienists are well equipped to discuss this topic with patients, help them pinpoint the possible cause of their problem, and provide bad breath and halitosis treatment. Here are some of the most common causes of bad breath:

Gum Disease

Active gum disease involves tartar buildup, and swollen, bleeding gums. The bacteria that cause these conditions can be very odorous, especially if the level of gum disease is severe. A bad taste around certain teeth may also be evident.

Tongue Bacteria

90% of odor-causing bacteria in the mouth are found on the surface of the tongue. Using a tongue scraper, many people are shocked to see how much debris is removed when they use it each day. Brushing the tongue may help, but it’s not always adequate.

Allergies or Sinus Drainage

Drainage down the back of the throat, and mouth breathing (due to stuffy noses) alter the flora in the mouth and throat, creating an odorous condition. It may be worthwhile to take an over the counter allergy medication or see your physician for more aggressive sinus infections.

Gastrointestinal Problems

Some types of digestive problems or even heartburn can cause odor in the mouth. This may be due to gas, alteration of oral flora due to stomach acid, or odorous foods that are eaten.

Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott



What To Do About Bad Breath

Posted in Bad Breath

Your breath is a very personal matter. So personal in fact, that unless a trusted friend or your spouse let’s you in on it, you may be unaware of how bad your breath actually smells.

Bad breath (or Halitosis) can be embarrassing to live with. Not only can it cause awkward moments on a date or at a business introduction, but it can also indicate something else that is going on internally. 80% of reported bad breath is caused by oral factors. Bad oral hygiene, food particles lingering on tonsils, cracked fillings, gum disease, and less than clean dentures can all lead to very bad breath. With oral causes of bad breath, there are easy fixes to improve your halitosis in a relatively quick manner. Regular brushing and flossing, keeping regular dental appointments, and replacing cracked fillings and/or dentures can go a long way in improving bad breath.

There are other health conditions, however, that can also lead to bad breath. Diabetes, acid reflux, postnasal drip, and chronic bronchitis are all health related issues that affect the way a person’s breath can smell. Even people with the most rigid oral hygiene routine and immaculate teeth can have bad breath. Internal health issues can cause bacteria to grow in the mouth; when these bacterium are not taken care of with antibiotics or other medications, the bacteria takes on a life of it’s own – and it can be a very smell one.

Many dentists recommend that people with severe halitosis use an electric toothbrush. These electric toothbrushes typically come with a built in timer that encourage people to brush the length of time that it takes to thoroughly clean the mouth and brush away odor causing bacteria. Good oral hygiene is the best cure for non-medically associated bad breath. If you are worried that there may be further causes for your embarrassing breath, talk to your dentist or you doctor about other potential causes.

Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott



Mouth Odor Most Foul

If you have bad breath, you probably know it by now. Your significant other might have turned her head as you moved in for a smooch – a clear sign. Or, maybe your young child blurted it out in the midst of a crowded supermarket, embarrassing the heck out of you in the process.

Bad breath, also called halitosis, is indeed embarrassing. Sometimes, the odor is temporary and sometimes more persistent. It is the latter situation that will draw the attention and concern of your dentist.

Bad breath is typically caused by eating strong-smelling foods like onion or garlic.  It can also be caused by bacteria in the mouth or periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. And in extreme cases, it can be caused by some sort of illness in the digestive tract such as acid reflux disease.

What do you do if you have halitosis? You can try one of these solutions:

  • Return to a healthy oral hygiene routine, including brushing at least twice a day or preferably after each meal, flossing every day and seeing a dentist for a regular check-up and cleaning twice a year.
  • Brush your tongue to remove bacterial build-up, either with a special tongue brush or the back of your toothbrush.
  • Don’t let your mouth get too dry, which can cause bacteria growth and foul odors. Chew sugarless gum to stimulate saliva, or drink water or other liquids to prevent dry mouth.
  • Rinse with a mouthwash a couple times a day.
  • Try to at least rinse your mouth with water each time you eat to prevent bacteria growth.

If none of the above at home remedies puts an end to your bad breath, you should visit your physician to see if there is an underlying health issue that is affecting the way your breath smells. Remember, if you do have a foul odor, it indicates there must be something out of balance.

Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott


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