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The Causes of Bad Breath and How to Get Rid of it

Joan Masterson asked:

Bad breath, or halitosis in medical terminology, is a very common problem. Though many people affected by it may not be aware that they suffer from bad breath, and it is important that they discover the problem soon. This is because bad breath is an “embarrassing” problem and sooner or later, people will turn away from you rather than face rotten breath. More than the problem itself is the worry that you may have this issue, without having someone close to you to bring your attention to it. It is comparatively easy to keep things under control providing you have a basic understanding of the causes of bad breath.

What Causes Bad Breath

If you are wondering what causes bad breath, here are some common culprits:

1. Food-related causes: Foods that have strong odors ? e.g., onion, garlic ? can cause temporary bad breath. Sometimes even brushing and flossing adequately are not enough in getting rid of the odors as they find their way into the blood stream after being digested. One quick-fix solution would be to avoid them, especially at social gatherings, or to have on hand an instant mouth freshener containing mint, cardmamom, and cloves to spray into you mouth immediately after the meal.

2. Mouth bacteria: Food particles that get stuck between the teeth after meals are a feasting ground for odor-causign bacteria to grow on. The solution is maintaining a structured and disciplined oral hygiene schedule that should include cleaning of the tongue, flossing and brushing your teeth the right way.

3. Medical causes: Certain medical conditions ? like diabetis and ketosis ? can also be a cause of bad breath. So it is imperative that you consult your dentist and if required, your physician if you suspect a medical condition to be the cause.

Eliminating What Causes Bad Breath

Because bad breath can be the result of various factors, one of the best ways to find what causes bad breath in your case is to consult a dentist on a regular basis. Blood tests can also spring a surprise and lay bare the real cause of your bad breath. You must remember that bad breath could be a symptom of something more serious and therefore getting a medical opinion is always a good idea. However, you must take adequate precautions to ward off bad breath ? running to the dentis or doctor every time that you have a problem is probably not a good idea, you need to ensure that your body is fit and fine and is well-immunised against various condition, and this includes bad breath.

Under normal circumstances, good habits and a structured regimen would be adequate actions to take to combat bad breath. So, stay away from tobacco and too much meat, restrict your intake of foods that create strong odours such as onions and garlic, and regularly brush and floss your teeth. This may sound like Mum talking, but it is good advice.

There are various OTC (over-the-counter) treatments available for bad breath. Sadly though, most of them are completely ineffectual and may even add to your problem.

There is one new product on the market ? Chlorine Dioxide Mouthwashes ?that claims to completely be able to eliminate bad breath. These mouthwashes claim to kill bad breath by attacking the sulfur compounds that cause bad breath, rather than just masking the smell as conventional mouthwashes do.

However, for all we know, these claims may be exaggerated because chlorine dioxide has been used for years in municipal water supply systems. Use your own judgment when buying one of these products, but there is probably no harm in giving it a try at least.

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Home Remedies for Bad Breath

james sameul asked:

Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is a very common temporary condition caused by such things as oral dryness, stress, hunger (ketosis), eating certain foods such as garlic and onions, smoking, or poor oral hygiene.

Bad breath is caused by odor-producing bacteria that grow in the mouth. When people don’t brush and floss regularly, bacteria accumulate on the bits of food left in the mouth and between the teeth. The sulfur compounds released by these bacteria make the breath smell.

Home remedies for bad breath

Brush your teeth with baking soda first, then rinse out your mouth with plain or warm, salty water. Follow this with regular toothpaste and you are on your way.

Floss your teeth daily. The gunk (plaque) between your teeth may be causing your bad breath.

Scrape your tongue with a spoon or one of those specially designed tongue scrapers. Get as far back on your tongue as possible to scrape off the offending bacteria.

Gently clean the top of your tongue with the toothbrush.

To flush away mucus and bacteria, try gargling with saltwater.

For a quick cover-up eat fresh parsley or mint, or use a mouthwash.

Tea Tree Oil, is a natural cure for bad breath when used as a toothpaste additive. Simply add a drop of the oil to your toothpaste right before you brush.

You can also create a Tea Tree Oil mouthwash by adding 3 drops of the oil to a cup of warm water. Gargle this solution two to three times a day, preferably after each meal.

Clean your sinuses. Since bad breath can be caused by any number of sinus problems, some people get relief by “washing” out the area inside your nose where the sinuses drain, says Dr. Fedok. If you want to try it, use a saline solution in a blue-ball syringe–the kind used to clean out ears. (Both the solution and the syringe are available at most pharmacies.) “you’ll have to refill the syringe several times. Spray the saline up each nostril, letting the solution drain out the other nostril and your mouth. It may take up to a pint of saline to wash out your sinuses,” says Dr. Fedok.

One more effective Home Remedy for Bad Breath is Fennel. Fennel is useful herb and can be used in many ways. Chew the leaves of this herb and allow the saliva to build up in your mouth. Or, mix the fillings of a fennel capsule with baking soda, make into a paste, and brush your teeth, gums and tongue with it. The liquid remains of fennel can be rubbed on your gums and tongue.

Cloves are a strong antiseptic. Make a tea by putting 3 whole or 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves in 2 cups of hot water, and steep for 20 minutes, stirring infrequently. Pour through a well strainer and use as a mouthwash or gargle two times in a day. This is one of the good Home Remedy for Bad Breath.

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Natural Bad Breath Remedy

Marty Rubenski asked:

Finding out that you have bad breath or halitosis is really one of the most embarrassing things that can happen to you in life. You are no doubt ready to move heaven and earth to find an effective cure or treatment. Assuming that you have checked with both your doctor and dentist to make sure there is no underlying health or tooth decay problems that could be causing your bad breath, my advice is to find a natural bad breath remedy that works for you.

Whilst there are a number of prescription drugs available, many of these have undesirable side-effects so my preference is always use one of natures own cures.

1. Make sure you are drinking enough water. It sounds very simple but in many people, bad breath is caused simply by a lack of moisture in the mouth. By keeping well hydrated this problem can vanish as quickly as it appeared.

2. Change your diet. Bad breath can be caused simply by eating too much meat and too few vegetables. No, you don’t have to go completely vegetarian to cure it but try it just for two or three days and see if there’s a difference. If your breath is noticeably fresher after two days, you may want to consider some longer term diet changes.

3. Oral hygiene. It may sound obvious, but are you brushing and flossing your teeth often enough? Once a day isn’t enough. Aim for brushing three times a day if you can and floss every night before bed.

4. Chew parsley. This is a very old breath freshener but still very effective. Once a day in the morning, chew on a sprig of fresh parsley.

5. Try an avocado. Another of natures cures, this fruit will often have the same effect as parsley. While on the subject, you may want to incorporate more fruit into your diet generally. Even if this doesn’t cure your bad breath overnight, it will give your immune system a great boost.

I know these natural bad breath remedies sound simple but they are often the most effective, so give them a try. You have nothing to lose but your bad breath!

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Bad Breath Symptoms and Cure

Michael Harvey asked:

Until recently, most treatments have been generally unsuccessful in resolving bad breath conditions. Common treatments such as mouthwashes, mints, chewing gums, mouth sprays, and intestinal cleansings otherwise known as colonics, are simply inadequate. There are many websites offering “magic” breath products. Of course, these are a waste of money. Serious, persistent, chronic bad breath is now very much treatable.

Some bad breath symptoms are sour taste, metallic taste, post nasal drainage, film on tongue, dry mouth, white nodules on the tonsils, and yellow film. Before revealing the cure here are some further explanations:

A White or Yellow Film on the Tongue

This is a very common observation we see in halitosis sufferers. It is caused by the accumulation of bacteria and nasal mucous, and tends to be heaviest in the posterior regions of the tongue. The removal of this film typically does not completely eliminate halitosis for most patients. The reason for this is that the anaerobic bacteria that produce halitosis odors are found through out the entire mouth and in the saliva. If you have longer or larger taste buds (papillae), then you will have a greater potential to trap bacteria in the tongue’s papillae. If you have heavy amounts of these yellow or white films there is a good chance you may have halitosis.

We have found that patients who rapidly build up films on their tongue often have ongoing post nasal (mucous) drainage that they may or may not be aware of. It is important to reduce this drainage using the Hydro Pulse sinus irrigator and the Breath-Ease XL saline powder that is available on our website.

Dry Mouth

Dry mouth is a common symptom with people suffering from halitosis, and it is one of the main causes of halitosis. Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, causes a number of changes to occur in the mouth. First of all, the bacteria become more concentrated in the saliva and they tend to volatilize or evaporate more readily into the air. When this occurs, bad breath will be stronger and more noticeable at greater distances.

Additionally, the pH or acid/base balance of the mouth becomes altered, and this provides an environment that is more conducive to the growth of anaerobic bacteria. Because there is less saliva the flushing or cleansing effect of saliva is reduced. This results in more bacteria and cellular debris accumulating in the oral cavity.

Common causes of xerostomia are aging, insufficient fluid intake, using alcohol based mouth rinses, and numerous medications. Some common medications that can cause drying of the mouth are allergy medications, anti-depressives, blood pressure medications, and diuretics just to name a few. Coffee is considered a diuretic. Some less common causes are radiation treatment to the head and neck areas, patients suffering from Sjogrens Syndrome, diabetes, and other auto-immune diseases.

The first and simplest thing we recommend patients do is be sure that they are consuming at least the recommended daily allowance of water which is eight glasses of water per day. Chewing sugarless gum also helps to increase salivary flow while chewing. Despite numerous products claiming they can eliminate or significantly improve dry mouth conditions, we have only found one product so far that significantly helps the problem. Besides causing halitosis, xerostomia often results in a metallic or bitter taste in the mouth. Without a doubt xerostomia is very difficult to eliminate entirely, but even if a patient’s xerostomia remains we can still effectively treat their halitosis condition.

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I have had bad breath forever and I want it to stop! How do i do it ?

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rich c asked:

I have been reading up on Halitosis but nobody gives me cures..Its highly embarrassing talking to anybody up close because I know that they are smelling my sick breath…And I was wondering if anyone can help me ou on how to cure this sick disease….Thanks for your help!

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