causes bad breath and how to treat bad breath
Do you remember running late
for appointments and yet spending extra time in the washroom tidying
up and gurgling with tap water to get rid of bad breath?
Do you remember going on dates
and making the extra effort to swing by the grocery store to stock
up on oral mints and fresherners? What made us do all these?
Millions of people suffer
embarrassment due to bad breath. The technical
is "halitosis." Take
a walk down the personal care aisle of any drug or grocery Store
and you will find product after product all dealing with this condition.
Before we can discuss how to
get rid of bad breath, we need to have an understanding of the
causes and symptoms.
An interesting point to
note is the fact that dental hygiene was practiced as far back
as ancient Greece
and Rome. The Greeks used to chew
on anise seeds. Anise tastes like licorice. The Romans discovered
chewing on parsley would disguise the smell of alcohol on their
breath. They were probably unaware that parsley is high in chlorophyll
turns carbon dioxide into oxygen making it a natural as one of
the first breath fresheners.
Everyone has an occasional problem
with bad breath which is why Americans spend more than
$200 million a year on products to
freshen the breath.
Pills, mouthwash, breath mints, toothpaste and more comprise
Our discussion addresses these
as well as other more serious sides of the condition. Bad breath
that is persistent, consistent
resistant to normal remedies can be symptomatic of a more serious
That is what we will discuss in this guide.
WHAT IS BAD BREATH?
Bad breath is the side effect of the action taken by certain
bacteria that live in the mouth, the tongue and the tonsils.
The fact is
that we all have these bacteria in our mouth. These bacteria
remain dormant until some action in their environment causes
them to change.
Because they are anaerobic and
sulfur producing, when they react to these changes they produce
Some of these
compounds smell and taste terrible like hydrogen sulfide
which smells like rotten eggs and other compounds. We will
some of these
odors and possible relative odors further on.
WHAT CAUSES BAD BREATH?
Before we begin to explore the remedies for getting rid
of bad breath, we need to have a thorough understanding
and symptoms. Some of the causes
(but not all) that can replace normal breath are:
Infection of the tissue surrounding a tooth that usually fills
with pus which has a very smelly odor.
Immoderate use of alcohol causes decreased production of saliva
causing dryness of the mouth. Dry mouth is a leading cause of
This is an inflammation of the nasal mucous membrane usually
a result of nasal drip due to colds or sinusitis.
Cancers such as esophageal, pharyngeal, oral tumors, leukemia,
pulmonary and stomach cancer all present severe bad breath
due to the decay
that is taking
place. Additionally, the medical treatments for these cancers
can exacerbate the bad breath.
This is a fungal infection of the mouth cavity. Also known
as thrush, it is fairly common among infants, diabetics,
These holes in the outer two layers of a tooth contain
decay which in turn produces bad breath.
Dentures are prosthetic replacements for natural teeth
and are just as susceptible to the build up of plaque
Denture wearers also have
a tendency toward dry mouth which also increases the
risk of bad breath.
People who have diabetes may also have bad breath.
This occurs because of poor control of blood sugar,
most diabetics. Gum disease is a problem
for diabetics. And, diabetes is a problem for people
with gum disease.
It can be difficult to determine
which comes first, the diabetes or the gum disease, but the underlying
High blood sugar
to gum disease.
Diabetics have trouble controlling the high blood
sugar. Gum disease is a
leading cause of bad breath, hence the correlation.
The American Dental Association
reports that people with type 1 diabetes 5 are at greater risk
Certain drugs such as antihistamines, antidepressants,
blood pressure meds, steroids, cancer therapy
drugs, diuretics and oral contraceptives
known to increase
the propensity for bad breath as well as an
increased risk for gum disease.
Sounds like such an innocuous little phrase,
doesn’t it? Thought to be
a leading cause of bad breath, dry mouth occurs when saliva production is reduced
and carries its own nasty little package of problems.
The medical term for dry mouth
is “xerostomia” (pronounced ZEER-oh-STOH-mee-ah).
Saliva performs vital work in your body.
It aids in digestion by using the enzymes to help break up different
foods and also makes it easier to talk.
You may not realize that it can
also help to prevent tooth decay by rinsing away
between the teeth
as the gums.
you taste the food you eat and makes
it easier for you to swallow that food. It
known for neutralizing
It is believed to be caused primarily
by certain medications which we listed
paragraph. The symptoms
of dry mouth
• Dry, rough tongue
• Poor sense of taste
• Burning sensation in your mouth
• Increased plaque
• Reduced saliva production
Alzheimer’s disease, AIDS
and stroke are also attributed to causing dry mouth as well as
pregnancy and/or hormonal changes due to menopause.
Increasing fluid intake can help
to re-hydrate the mouth. It’s
important to keep it moist so you
don’t lose all the benefits
provided by saliva production.
Now that we know the causes of
bad breath, it's also a good time to know how we can prevent as
well as treat bad breath.