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Halitosis: Bad Breath Causes and How to Cure It

Halitosis: Bad Breath Causes and How to Cure It

Halitosis is the dental/medical term for bad breath. It is estimated to be the third most frequent reason for seeking dental aid, following tooth decay and periodontal disease.

The intensity of bad breath can differ during the day, eating certain foods (such as garlic, onions, and cheese), obesity, smoking, alcohol, and drug abuse. Since the mouth is exposed to less oxygen and is inactive during the night, the odor is usually worse upon awakening (“morning breath”). No kissing in the morning before brushing please!

Bad breath may be transient, often disappearing following eating, brushing, flossing, or rinsing with specialized mouthwash. Records mentioning bad breath have been discovered dating way back to 1550 B.C.! A mouthwash of wine and herbs was one remedy in efforts to solve halitosis during this time…not Mad Dog 20/20 and Marijuana!

The most common location for mouth-related halitosis is the tongue. Tongue bacteria produce malodorous compounds and fatty acids, and account for 80 to 90 percent of all cases of mouth-related bad breath. In addition, gum disease (periodontal disease) can also account for halitosis. Other sources can be from the nose, tonsils, esophagus, or stomach. There are even some sever conditions in which a patient needs to see a physician for digestive problems.

Halitosis usually can be managed by 5 ways:

  1. Gently brushing the surface of your tongue twice daily with a toothbrush, tongue cleaner or scraper with toothpaste or mouthwash on it.
  2. Eating a healthy breakfast.
  3. Chewing gum (sugarless preferred or with Xylotol)
  4. Gargling right before bedtime with an effective mouthwash like Listerine.
  5. Maintaining proper oral hygiene including routine visits to a dentist at least two times per year.

If you have a boss, co-worker, or friend who suffers from this curable disease anonymously share this information. You both will be glad you did! – dr.rico short

Halitosis: Bad Breath Causes and How to Cure It
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