Halitosis refers to bad breath which is not only a sign of ill health but it is also a social stigma. It is common in many people at all times and in all people some of the time. Unfortunately, most people who offend in this respect are completely unaware of their problem and the discomfort they cause to others. Halitosis can be acute or chronic depending on the causes.
What are the symptoms of halitosis and Bad Breath?
The common symptoms of halitosis can include:
A white or yellow coating on the Tongue.
Dryness in mouth.
Thick saliva and a constant need to clear your throat.
Post Nasal Drainage.
Smelling bad breath on breathing through the nose.
Bad Breath Cause:
Bad breath is due to anaerobic bacteria that live within the surface of the tongue and throat, that produce smelly sulfur compounds when they come in contact with proteins which cause bad breath. Bad breath may be due to a number of reasons:
Bad dental hygiene
Plaque on the tongue can cause bad breath where bacteria can grow.
Bacteria in mouth
Heavy metal accumulation
Home Remedies and Natural Cures Bad Taste in the Mouth
There are a few ways you can get yourself relief from such a problem like a metallic taste in your mouth. Here are some of them, usually depending on what makes you have such a problem:
Treat your halitosis problem, and your bad taste in the mouth problem disappears with it. The surest way to treat halitosis or bad breath is to maintain good oral hygiene. You will need to brush your teeth regularly, floss, gargle with strong mouthwash regularly, and have breath mints and sprays handy. Visit your dentist regularly as well, and eating a diet that is composed mostly of vegetables as well as fruits can help with halitosis and bad taste in the mouth problems.
If the cause of your bad taste in the mouth problem is your medication, have your doctor prescribe you a similar medication that does not have that side effect. You can also avoid certain medical formulations that can cause this problem by reading the side effects that are found written on the bottles of these medicines.
You should have your periodontitis treated if that is the source of the bad taste lingering in your mouth. A visit to your dentist will help you get rid of this problem, which is sometimes brought about by bad dental habits and smoking.
Ways to Fight Against Bad Breath
Brush your teeth and rinse your mouth thoroughly after every meal to remove food particle from the mouth.
When you are brushing your teeth, also brush your tongue. The tongue is covered with thousands of tiny hairs that can trap bacteria.
Have regular check-ups with your dentist to rule out gum disease and to correct any faulty restorations, overhanging fillings or leaking crowns, all of which can trap food in the mouth.
Chew sugarless gum or suck on sugarless lozenges to increase the flow of saliva.
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- Guest 8 years ago
I think flossing is the number 1 reason why most people have bad breath. Or should I rather say not-flossing. I had a friend that was even chewing gum all the time, but still had bad breath. He said he never flossed before and after his dentist told him to start it or he'll get problems with cavaties soon he actually stopped smelling.
I'm not really a dentist, but I'm working for them and they always tell me that hygiene is really not a top priority in people's life. Anyways, there are also people that can't do too much about their bad breath because it's in their genes or they have diseases.
Boris / http://www.dentistinsider.com