Bad breath, sometimes referred to as halitosis, is an unpleasant odor of the breath. Most adults experience this occasionally, and it can have a significant impact on a person's social and professional life. For the majority of people, the most frequent cause of breath odor is related to poor conditions in the mouth. There are some cases of bad breath that originate in the stomach and digestive system, but these are rare. Some oral bacteria produce sulfur compounds as waste, and it is primarily this bacterial waste that causes bad breath odor.
Signs of bad breath
Sometimes, bad breath can be difficult to notice yourself. You may need to ask a friend or family member to help with your self-diagnosis. Some other symptoms you may notice during bouts with bad breath are:
- Saliva that seems thick or stringy
- Sores or split skin at the corners of the mouth
- Cracked lips
- Bad breath
What are some potential causes of bad breath?
- Excessive bacteria in the mouth
- Dry mouth caused by some medications, dehydration, smoking, etc
- Gum disease and/or tooth decay
- Intestinal/ stomach disorders, yeast infections, sinus infectionss
- Poor digestion or constipation
- Poor diet habits such as a high protein diet
- Specific foods such as onions or garlic
How to Diagnose and Remove Bad Breath
Make a routine of cleaning the surface of your tongue gently at least twice a day. Try not to use toothbrush, because it can cause a gag reflex. Use a brush, tongue scraper or cleaner instead. Also don’t do it too hard and leave damages on the surface and it will make things worse. Antibacterial rinse is another good way of cleaning on a daily basis.
Eat your breakfast regularly, thus maintaining your health with your body system. It is reported that rough textured food will help clean the back side of your tongue where you can hardly reach to clean out.
When you have dry mouth, there are more chances of having halitosis as it will tent to create buildup of bacteria. Chewing sugarless gum will help you produce more saliva, which will eventually reduce the bad breath symptoms. For some people, fennel seeds or cinnamon sticks will do the same tricks.
Also before the bedtime, make sure to perform mouthwash. But note that you should avoid doing mouthwash right after brushing your teeth, as some ingredients will be deactivated. Also for some mouthwashes which contains alcohol the effect will not be as good as the one without it.
Flossing and brushing every day is very basic practice and it can be the best prevention plan with regards to bad breath issues. Flossing is very important when you need to take out food traps between your teeth and the gum line. Also make sure to clean your dentures if you ever used it. Put them in the antibacterial solution over night and it will clean them well. Also drinking enough water every day will keep your body healthy and clean all day.
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