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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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Getting Rid Of Halitosis or Bad Breath

Jeff Clare asked:

If you want to know more about bad breath and halitosis and whether or not you may have it, it may be best to visit your dentist to find out more about halitosis treatment. But, in the meantime, there are a few things you can do to see if you have the condition, as well as treatments that will help to get rid of the symptoms.

One of the main reasons that people get halitosis is a bacteria infection that can occur in various parts of the body or in the mouth. Bacteria in the mouth can produce gaseous substances that cause bad breath, and if you have food allergies, you may experience this if you eat a food that you are allergic to. Mouth sores or periodontal disease, which is a disease of the gums can also cause halitosis, so you will need to get an exam from your dentist to see if you have periodontal disease if you have tried a variety of toothpastes and mouthwashes.

Dry mouth is another cause of halitosis, and this can be caused by not drinking enough fluids throughout the day. You should make sure that you are drinking enough water each day, and eating plenty of fruits and vegetables each day will help you to avoid bad breath as well. Raw foods contain enzymes and antioxidants that are designed to rid the body of toxins, so a generous serving of them will most likely help you to have fresh breath throughout the day. If you are taking medications for allergies or blood pressure, you may experience dry mouth on a daily basis, which can cause bad breath and halitosis. So, you may have to increase your fluid intake to produce more saliva in the mouth, which will eliminate bacteria buildup.

In order to treat halitosis, you may want to brush your teeth with baking soda as well as toothpaste to thoroughly clean the mouth and rid it of bacteria. Flossing will also help you to rid your mouth of toxins and bacteria that can cause bad breath, and will also help you to remove food particles from your teeth that you may not be able to reach with brushing alone. You should also rinse your mouth with a strong cleansing agent, such as Advanced Listerine with germ killing powers that should work all day, and Scope, with various flavors like Cinnamon will not only give you a clean fresh feeling, but your breath will be pleasantly scented, which is ideal if you have to interact with people several times a day.

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Why Some Foods May be a Natural Cure for Bad Breath

Jason Davidson asked:

If you’re one of the many thousands of people who suffer from chronic bad breath on a regular basis, chances are you’ve likely tried lots of those conventional so-called bad breath remedies in an attempt to cure your halitosis problem.

However, despite what they might say in their sales hype, you may have already discovered for yourself that many of these products unfortunately fail to live up to their claims.

In fact, this might well be the very reason for the increase in popularity in recent years of more unusual bad breath treatments and solutions, such as herbal preparations and home concoctions. More and more people are now turning their back on traditional oral hygiene products in favor of more unusual methods.

And a quick trawl online through various bad breath support forums would seem to suggest that some people are indeed experiencing success using less conventional methods of treatment.

it’s easy to understand the appeal of finding a really good natural cure for bad breath. For a start, it means you’re not subecting your body to any harsh chemicals or medications which may prove to be habit-forming at a later date.

And they’re also often much cheaper than many expensive over-the-counter-products, the costs of which can soon mount up when you have to keep using them on a regular basis just to keep your smelly breath at bay.

One particular way in which some people are attempting to cure bad breath naturally is through the use of foods.

Generally speaking, there are 3 main categories of foods which some people suggest can help to eliminate halitosis. These are:

1. Fiber-rich crunchy fruit and vegetables – eating crunchy fruit and veggies such as apples, carrots and celery can help to stimulate the production of saliva in your mouth. This is especially important from a bad breath point of view as a dry mouth is one of the factors that can cause your mouth to smell.

You may not be aware, but the number one cause of bad breath is bacteria that you have in your mouth. When aggravated, these bacteria can multiply in excessive numbers and it’s this that frequently leads to bad breath.

And one of the things that these bacteria absolutely love is a dry environment. Therefore, keeping your mouth moist is one of the ways you can keep these bacteria in check.

For the same reason, it’s also important to make sure you keep yourself adequately hydrated by drinking plenty of plain water every day. Many health experts recommend that you should consume about 8 glasses a day for optimum health benefits.

2. Foods high in vitamin C – berries and citrus fruits such as oranges and grapefruits which contain high levels of vitamin C may help to prevent the development of gingivitis and gum disease, another two things which can contribute to halitosis.

And as an extra bonus, as well as helping to minimize any rotten stenchs coming from your mouth, vitamin C is also a very powerful antioxidant and can help to protect the cells of your body from the damaging effects of harmful free radicals.

3. Yoghurt containing live cultures – a recent dental study found that eating a serving of yoghurt with active cultures every day can help to reduce the amount of odor-causing sulphur dioxide in a person’s mouth.

Lower incidences of gum diease and plaque build up were also reported among the study’s participants.

Well, the jury might still out on whether these foods can with absolute certainty help to cure bad breath. But if you’ve already tried conventional treatments in the past without success, then you might well want to give them a go.

After all, you’ve really got nothing to lose – except your bad breath, that is!

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What is Bad Breath?

james sameul asked:

Bad Breath or Halitosis can be a serious source of embarrassment and shame. Some people with bad breath aren?t even aware there?s a problem. However, you no longer have to let it handicap or affect your social life. Please browse through our site to learn how to treat Bad Breath.

Change Your Breath From Bad to Good

don’t let your tongue become a dirty carpet.

Bad breath often strikes when people aren’t properly taking care of their oral health. The odor is usually caused by decaying food particles and bacteria in your mouth. that’s why brushing and flossing your teeth is so important, but don’t forget to gently brush your tongue to get rid of even more bacteria.

Chew gum like it’s going out of style.

Believe it or not, saliva is your best weapon against bad breath. that’s why dry mouth, often caused by certain medications or medical conditions, leads to odor problems. By washing away food particles and bacteria, saliva helps to eliminate odor, too.

Bad breath is usually caused by oral bacteria.

Halitosis is usually caused by anaerobic bacteria that live in a person’s mouth.

For the majority of people (85 to 90% of those who have bad breath [halitosis]), the single most frequent cause of their breath odor problem is associated with bacteria that live in their mouth. Bacteria, just like humans, go through their lives consuming foods and excreting wastes. The waste products produced by some oral bacteria are sulfur compounds and it is this type of odoriferous waste product that usually lies at the root of a person’s breath problems.

Avoid smoking / alcohol / spicy food

Smoking is one of the primary causes of bad breath. When you smoke the chemicals in the smoke create a lining on the tongue which causes a lingering smell of stale tobacco. The only remedy for this is to kick the habit. Watch vj’s “Tops Tips For Giving Up Smoking” for more on this. Dehydration – a common side-effect of drinking alcohol – can make bad breath worse, so if you drink a lot try cutting down your intake. Also avoid foods containing a lot of garlic, onion and strong spices, as the smell of these can linger on your breath.

Bad breath cure

It is obvious from this that there is no one easy bad breath cure, but, interestingly, bad breath remedies used by our grandparents are still very popular and often work quite well, usually by reducing the amount of bacteria in the mouth. One home remedy is to dissolve baking soda in water and wash the tongue with this. Another traditional bad breath cure is to rinse the mouth with lemon juice diluted with water, although this remedy may actually encourage bacteria growth since lemon juice does contain some sugar. Several different herbs are recommended as breath fresheners, among them aniseed, cloves, rosemary and thyme, all of which can be chewed or used as tea when stewed in hot water.

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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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