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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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What Is It That Causes Bad Breath And Gum Disease?

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Lia A asked:

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9 Great Tips on How to Combat Bad Breath

Sue Jan asked:

Conventional remedies for halitosis include:

* Brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day. Make sure to also brush the gums, the tongue, roof of the mouth, and inside of the cheeks.

* After you eat, make sure to rinse out left over food particles in your mouth.

* Avoid strong smelling items such as coffee, alcohol or smoking.

Other than these common remedies, natural remedies such as a well balanced diet also helps, as a healthy digestive system reduces the level of odor-causing bacteria in your body:

* Gum disease causes bad breath. Taking vitamin C helps protect and heal your gums from damage and disease. Vitamin C is plentiful in strawberry, cabbage, orange, red pepper and kiwi fruit.

* Eating food rich in acidophilus such as yogurt helps to balance the bacteria in the intestine to a healthy level and thus reduce halitosis.

* Eating food that fights plague build-up also helps fight foul breath, such as cheese, peanut, celery and carrot.

* Eating less meat and more fiber such as vegetables and fruits help temporarily mask bad breath. Snack on fresh raw vegetables and fruits such as parsley, celery, carrot apple and pear. Parsley is effective because it contains chlorophyll, a chemical found in plants that is considered to be a natural breath freshener.

* Eat food rich in fiber to fight constipation. Your body absorbs a large amount of bacteria from a meat-laden diet. Fiber helps promote regular bowel movements that remove these toxins from your body that cause bad smelling breath. Food rich in fiber include pea, dried bean, brown rice, prune, fig, and wheat product.

* Drink a lot of liquids, at least eight cups of water each day, to keep your mouth hydrated, as saliva is a natural antibacterial and helps flush down food particles in your mouth.

Thus, maintaining a balanced diet is an effective way to ensure good bodily health, helps eliminate bad breath and keeps your breath smelling sweet.

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Cure Bad Breath.A Couple Of Bucks For Home Remedy Will Cure Bad Breath Forever

Avery Mann asked:

let’s face it.  We have all had bad breath at one time or another. Halitosis, as it is officially called, is simply bad or smelling breath. When I was much younger, I thought that halitosis was some kind of foot fungus. It just didn’t sound like anything to do with people’s mouths. Although I must admit, I have known a few friends over the years, whose mouth had their foot in them quite often. Seriously though, bad breath is no laughing matter. According to the experts, it may not just indicate the need for a breath mint, but rather a symptom of something much worse like tooth or gum disease, or even an intestinal disorder. It can also be a case of poor oral hygiene. If that is your problem, stop reading this article and simply clean up your act. I do know however, for most people halitosis is not directly their fault. You see it all originates from the gums and tongue. As food particles decay, bacteria form, leading to the eventual odor. There are of course many more causes for halitosis, and if it persists you should consult your doctor. It is not always a matter of regular brushing and flossing. Stay away from mouthwashes with flavorings, dyes, and alcohol. If your sitting there thinking, there is nothing wrong with my oral hygiene routine, then do I have a story for you.

I had a friend whose breath was so bad we use to try to get him to eat onions just to mask the odor. His teeth were as white as they could be, and he had very few cavities. On top of everything else, he was an impeccable dresser and a neat freak, so no one ever questioned his hygiene. I no for a fact he was one of those people that would floss after every meal, and still his breath would enter a room three seconds before he did. Now the experts that he saw about his problem, all said it was because he had “dry mouth.” He wasn’t producing enough saliva. It seems that saliva is the key   ingredient in your mouth that helps keep halitosis from manifesting itself. So my friend would be constantly chewing mints to try to create saliva and suppress the odor. Most of the time he simply smelled like sour mint. That was before he met his future wife. She was a stunning beauty that had come with another friend to this particular party. Being it was their first date he didn’t mind so much that she was spending time with old Mr. ” dry mouth.” In fact he brazenly took bets on how long she would be able to stand the smell. That was his unfortunate downfall. The bet consequently made him stay away, and thus the seeds of romance were planted. As we later found out, the whole time all they did was talk about his breath. It seems that she had once suffered from an equally bad case of halitosis. Before leaving however, she had handed him a piece of paper with a formula on it. Let me tell you, the next time we saw him, he was a completely different guy. He said the advice she had given him consisted of nothing more than a home remedy that cost only a couple of bucks. Well needless to say, they got together and are still together, and both of them have the freshest breath of anyone I know.

So if this little story has some ring of truth for you or a loved one, listen up. There is a site that has a report that offers not only the same kind of home remedy, but a wealth of knowledge on the subject of halitosis. For example did you know that:

*There are 5 deadly myths about bad breath almost everyone believes… that are probably making your condition much worse!

*Brushing your teeth is good for you, but it will NOT improve your bad breath… find out why. (Also find out what to do, that will wipe out your bad breath.)

The report is full of interesting facts like these. To discover all you need to know about eliminating bad breath forever, please go to:  

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Getting the Right Bad Breath Help

Kelvin Ho asked:

Often when you suffer from bad breath you may not realize it at first and quite often your friends or family may be hesitant to tell you about it as they would not want to embarrass you. A true friend however, will tell you, as it is in your best interest to know so that you can take steps to rectify the problem.

It can be embarrassing when you find out that you have smelly breath and you may become less sociable because of your embarrassing situation. Sometimes, this condition may also leave you with a bad taste in your mouth, so it is possible that you may become aware of the problem on your own.

If you have a bad taste or for any reason think that you may have halitosis, you can do a little test for yourself.

Scrape your tongue with a spoon or a piece of cloth and then smell it to see if it smells bad. Another way to find out is to ask a close friend or family member. I know this can be embarrassing but it is best if you find out so that you can do something about the problem.

Some people get very embarrassed and even upset if they are told that they have bad breath, but there is really no reason to be embarrassed as it is quite a common problem. The usual reaction upon finding out that you have bad breath is to obsessively brush your teeth and tongue and use mouth washes. Do not become obsessive but do take steps to take care of yourself by following these tips which should overcome any temporary breath condition.

* Brush your teeth twice a day

* Brush your tongue daily

* Floss daily

* Drink lots of water

* Have a good clean by a dentist regularly

If you still continue to suffer from bad breath then it may be necessary to seek professional help. The first person you should visit is your dentist. Chronic bad breath could be caused by gum disease or bacterial build up.

You should have a good check up and mention your breath condition to your dentist so they can particularly look for anything that may be the cause. If your dentist finds the cause of your breath condition, then they will be able to treat the problem and rectify it.

If your dentist cannot find a cause for your bad breath then the underlying cause could possibly be an internal condition and you will need to visit your doctor or your dentist may be able to refer you to an expert in the appropriate field.

Your dentist, doctor or specialist should be able to uncover the cause which could possibly be something as simple as an allergy. Once you have identified the cause then you can take the necessary steps to eliminating the cause and therefore eliminate the bad breath.

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