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Bad Breath Causes and Cures

Kelvin Ho asked:

Bad breath (halitosis) is a common for many people and can be rather embarrassing. Halitosis can be a big turn off for those around you and if it is a condition that you suffer from long term you may notice that people may stand back from you when talking to you.

There are many causes for this condition with some being chronic conditions and others being short term causes. In this article we will discuss the causes of bad breath as well as the cures.

Causes of Halitosis

* One of the very common but reasonably short term causes is eating foods that cause smelly breath such as garlic. Garlic will even carry on causing bad breath for a while even after there is no trace of the garlic left in the mouth. This is because the active ingredients are absorbed into the blood stream and are then expelled by the lungs as you breathe.

Brushing and flossing can disguise the smell a little but as long as the odour continues to be expelled as you breathe there will still be a certain amount of bad smelling gases. The good thing with garlic breath is that it will fade of and your breath will return to normal usually within a few hours.

* Smoking is another major cause. There is the taste left in the mouth as well as the expelled odour from the lungs. Smoking also affects oral hygiene and encourages gum disease. This can also contribute towards foul smelling breath. The obvious and only way to stop this is to give up smoking.

* The most common cause of chronic bad breath is usually plaque build up which can cause small pockets to appear between the teeth and gums. These pockets then fill up with food particles and bacteria. Normal brushing and even flossing will not be able to clean these pockets completely and it needs to be done by a dental hygienist.

* Another main cause is dry mouth. Dry mouth can be caused by allergies and can also be caused by some medications such as asthma and bronchitis inhalers.

These medications can have an impact on your saliva production and actually a reduction in the amount saliva produced. This causes your mouth to become dry and as a result there is less oxygen present which makes ideal conditions for bacteria to thrive. The build up of bacteria in the mouth and on the tongue is what causes the bad smelling breath.

* Another common cause is post-nasal drip which can be as a result of an allergy. Post-nasal drip is caused by excessive mucus being produced by the sinuses which is a common reaction to allergy. This mucus is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria growth and the bacteria will feed off this condition which will result in bad breath. This cause will usually be accompanied by a bad taste in your mouth.

* The final cause is a possible allergy to certain foods. Food intolerance can have many different symptoms and one common symptom is the production of excess gas in the stomach. This gas can often reflux back up and settle in the mouth causing bad breath.

* In some cases, your offending breath can be caused by a more serious underlying condition so if the usual bad breath remedies do not get rid of the problem then you may need to visit your doctor.

Cures for Halitosis

There are many cures and remedies for halitosis but to get the best result it is best to try and identify the cause of the bad breath. By attacking the cause will give you the best results.

Here are some cures that you can try:

* The first thing to do is make sure you have a good oral hygiene routine. Brush your teeth and tongue twice a day and floss once a day. Research has shown that people that floss do have better breath than people who do not floss. Flossing will help to remove trapped food particles and prevent them from becoming a breeding ground for bacteria.

* If you have dry mouth you may be able to get an artificial saliva substitute from your dentist. If you have an allergy that is causing your dry mouth then it would pay to try to identify your allergen and work on avoiding that allergen.

* Visit a dental hygienist regularly for a professional clean. You should have this done every six months to make sure of no plaque build up between teeth.

* Minimize the food supply for bacteria. The bacteria that release foul smelling gas thrive on protein rich foods. Vegetarians who eat less protein foods have much less problems with bad breath.

* Using mouthwashes too often can not always be that good for you as they contain chemicals, however you can use a mouthwash of baking soda dissolved in water daily without any risk.

This is a natural remedy and is very safe to use daily and can help to keep the tongue clean and free from bacteria. Squeezed lemon into water can also be used daily as a gargle and will prevent bad breath from reoccurring.

* Adding yoghurt to your diet on a regular basis, preferably daily, can help to cure your breath condition and prevent it reoccurring. Yoghurt contains good bacteria and has a very good overall benefit for your health.

* Foods rich in zinc can also help to keep bacteria under control and prevent bad breath.

All of these remedies are very good so if you have no luck with them there could be another cause that you will need to see your doctor to get diagnosed so that you can take the necessary steps to heal yourself and heal your bad breath.

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Bad Breath Remedies: 3 Effective Solutions to Relief Bad Breath Problems

Zan Lim asked:

Bad breath is also known as halitosis. It is a term that is being used to describe the very obvious unpleasant odours that is being exhaled while breathing.  It will bring inconvenience and embarrassment to the person who is suffering from it. There are 3 simple bad breath remedies that you can use to quickly relive the condition and they are:

1)    Floss Your Teeth Regularly

The cause of bad breath is most often from the small food particles that are trapped between your teeth.  Flossing will help to removes the small food particles and you will have a fresher breath. Besides relieving the condition, it will also help to improve the oral health which will reduce the bad breath too. You will pay lower dental bill and clear the condition which will gives you enough reasons to floss your teeth regularly.

2)    Stop Smoking

This is a general good advice that we always tell people as smoking will affects the health. Besides the health issue, stopping smoking will definitely improve the breath.  When you do not have a cigarette in your mouth to smoke, there will be no ash breath which has a unpleasant odour.  Smoking will also tend to make your mouth drier which will make your bad breath condition worse.  You should definitely stop smoking for the sake of your health and your breath.

3)    Don?t Drink

Most of the alcoholic drinks will contain alcohols which will leads to the dryness of the mouth as it evaporates faster than water.  This will lead to the cause of bad breath which you will want to avoid. I am not saying that you cannot drink any alcoholic drinks at all. The best approach that you can do is to drink a cup of water for every cup of alcoholics that you drinks as it will helps to reduce bad breath. It will also be useful if you have some mint sweets with you so that it will cover the odour in your mouth after you drink.

These are the 3 simple bad breath remedies that you can use to relief your condition.  Bad breath can be prevented and cured if you are willing to put a little time and effort to apply the 3 simple remedies that is being explained. Do try it today and you will be one step nearer towards eliminating your bad breath.

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Quick Home Remedies For Bad Breath At The Office

James Allen asked:

it’s horrible when it happens – you’re at the office and you’ve been called into a meeting with the boss. you’ve just finished your third cup of coffee of the morning and cigarette break ended just minutes ago. You know your breath must smell terrible, but you don’t have a toothbrush or mouthwash. here’s what you need do to get through the face to face office confrontation without your halitosis ruining the day.

First, you need to reduce the amount of food particles and bacteria in your mouth as quickly as possible. Find some way to scrape your tongue, as that’s where a lot of the odor is likely coming from. A plastic stirring spoon from next to the office coffee machine works great in this case. Just don’t stick it in too far and gag yourself. No spoon? Be creative; the long flat end of a pencap or even a stiff business card can work in a pinch.

Next, you need to rinse your mouth out. Get a paper cup of water from the fountain, rinse well, gargle and spit. If you’re lucky enough to have a kitchenette in your office, stir some salt into that water first. The salt will help force out some of those food particles stuck between your teeth and temporarily stop some of the stink from food fermentation that may be occuring.

Now you have to make sure your breath can hold out for the length of the meeting. At this point you should try to hydrate your mouth and your body. Drinking a few cups of water now would be great, but don’t overdo it, you don’t want to have to run to the toilet in the middle of your meeting. A cup of black tea is good too, as the anti-oxidants will help keep your bad breath in check. Skip the cream and sugar, but if there’s a slice of lemon available, toss it in. Whatever you do, don’t drink more coffee, you’ll be right back to square one.

Finally, if at all possible, bum some gum off a co-worker to chew on the way to the meeting. You probably don’t have time to be picky at this point, but if the gum is sweetened with xylitol, even better. Make sure to grab a tissue too and remember to dispose of your gum in it before you get to the meeting.

Being stuck alone in your cubicle all day long can cause you to become very lax in your oral hygiene routine. Office culture also encourages a diet of coffee, soft drinks and unhealthy snacks that do not support clean breath. Because of this, many office workers suffer from bad breath, but don’t even know it until the worst possible moment. Luckily the routine above can save the day in a pinch.

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I Often find nasal drainage/food particles stuck in the palatine tonsils causing bad breath. Is this normal?

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Daisy asked:

i’m in my thirties and still have adenoid tonsils / tissue present. I have to use q-tips to remove the sticky substance. Gargling does not help. i’m considering buying a water pick to help remove the build-up which is becoming a daily thing. Perhaps I should consider having my tonsils removed…

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How to Stop Bad Breath ? 5 Simple Bad Breath Remedies

Tony Reyes asked:

Bad breath or commonly referred to as halitosis, is a very embarrassing condition and those who suffer from it would usually have a very difficult social life. Forget about getting a date, talking to people or trying to be close to them is already hard enough no thanks to your smelly breath which would either make them crinkle in disgust or turn them away completely. Basically you would feel as if you?ve been slapped right in the face whenever you try to speak to someone. It?s extremely depressing and I can very much relate to this, so I?ve decided to share a few simple bad breath remedies which can hopefully produce positive results for fellow sufferers.

1. Brush your teeth regularly ? Bacteria feed on food particles stuck or hidden between the teeth and as a result of this, sulfur compounds are created which cause unpleasant odor in your breath. Regular brushing especially after every meal can help remove food particles from your teeth thus preventing bacteria from creating sulfur compounds. It is highly recommended that you brush your teeth with toothpaste that contains chlorine dioxide which is a highly effective chemical compound for treating bad breath.

2. Gum stimulator ? This is a definitely one of the best way to remove food particles from your mouth which can cause bad breath. Regular string-like floss can be a dud because you would inevitably miss a few teeth when flossing with them but not likely so with gum stimulator. If you have no idea what a gum stimulator is or how it looks like, no worries. Simply drive or walk to the nearest store and head over to the ?Health and Beauty sections?. Now that?s where you would normally find some. They are basically these little sticks with small teardrops on each end. Using them to floss your teeth is so much more effective compared to the typical string floss.

3. Consume sugarless yogurt ? According to a study by Dr. Kenichi Hojo of Tsurumi University which was detailed at 83rd of General Session of the International Association for Dental Research, sugarless yogurt has the ability to considerably reduce odor producing compound like hydrogen sulfide. Hydrogen sulfide is a major culprit of many bad breath cases. So what are you waiting for? Go and have some yogurt! What better way to cure bad breath than with something as tasty as a cup of sugarless yogurt?

4. Drink plenty of water ? It is a well know fact that dry mouth can lead to unpleasant breath. You should always keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water. You want to avoid bacteria from thriving in your mouth otherwise; you?ll get bad breath very quickly. When you are properly hydrated, you produce more saliva which helps prevent bacteria from flourishing.

5. Tea ? What can I do to stop to bad breath? By drinking a cup of warm tea? You bet! Believe it or not tea can actually help you in your quest to combat bad breath. Certain compounds in tea such as polyphenols, theaflavins, and catechins are highly effective against bacteria growth which can cause bad breath.

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