Bad breath causes emabarassment to the one who has it, his or her family or even friends.Halitosis is the scientific name for bad breath. Are you struggling with bad breath? Worry no more because in this post, I will thoroughly explain and recommend treatments for it. Halitosis is an unpleasant smell comming from the mouth or even worst, the nose. Of course, the nose.
Can you imagine trying to always hold your breath just because you don't want others to smell the stinky breath from your nose in order not to feel ashamed or isolsted. This is the worst feeling one can ever experience. Halitosis can occur on occasion, or can be a chronic condition.
Causes And Health Risks
Food is the primary source of bad odours that come from the mouth. Some foods such as garlic, onions, spicy foods, exotic spices such as curry, some cheeses, fish etc.
Another cause is smoking. People who smoke and chew tobacco products are at the risk of having halitosis. Smoking can precipitate other bad breath causes such as gum disease and oral cancers.
Again, poor oral heath causes bad breath. When a person does not brush or floss his or her teeth regularly, food particles remaining in the mouth can rot or cause bad breath. Poor dental care can lead to a build-up of plaque in the mouth which causes an odour of it’s own. It can also lead to an unhealthy condition called periodontal disease. When plaque hardens, it is referred to as tartar (calculus). Tartar holds bacteria that can irritate the gums leading to gum bleeding.
Then, there are underlying health problems. Sinus infections, pneumonia, pharyngitis, influenza, common cold, tonsil stones, thrush, digestion problems, liver or kidney disease may be associated with bad breath.
Also, Dry mouth(xerostomia) can cause Halitosis. Saliva helps moisten and cleanse the mouth, and when the body does not produce enough saliva, bad breath may result. Dry mouth may be caused by salivary gland problems, connective tissue disorders, medications or breathing through the mouth.
Furthermore, Allergies, many medications used to treat allergies can cause dry mouth, a cause of bad breath. Post nasal drip is a common allergy symptom that can result in Halitosis. Sinus congestions due to allergies can cause people to breathe through their mouths.
In addition, impacted teeth, mouth infections, cavities or gum disease may cause bad breath from mouth and nose.
Signs Of Halitosis.
This includes the reaction of others around a person who has it. Others may notice it before the person who has it. People may give the person a larger personal space. The most obvious sign of bad breath is noticing an unpleasant odour coming from the mouth or a sour taste in the mouth.
The first step should be visiting your Dentist. If your dentist discovers that you have a healthy mouth, you will likely be referred to a physician to look for an underlying health problem. If proper oral health does not get rid of the bad breath, t hen you need to see a health care professional.
Generally, treatment of bad breath depends on the cause, however, there are some home remedies for bad breath. This is what the American Dental Association recommends.
- Brush and floss teeth and tongue regularly.
- See a dentist regularly for checkups.
- Quit smoking.
- Keep the mouth moist by drinking a lot of water.
- Chewing on Palsey or mint.
Note that bad breath in babies or young children may be a sign of infection or undiagnosed medical problem. Consult a pediatrician or dentist if an infant or young child has bad breath.
Also bare it in mind that, bad breath due to simple causes such as foods may be more easily masked or eliminateds than bad breath due to medical conditions, infections or medication side effects.