WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF BAD BREATH?
This may sound like a "no brainer" because you may think
that bad breath is obvious to the person who has bad breath. That
is not necessarily the case.
You may have cupped your hands
and blown into them to try and determine if your breath smells,
but that does not work because
your body will
naturally acclimatize to its own odor. This is necessary so that
the sensory system will recognize odors that are external to the
So don't good charging into meetings
just because you have 'checked your breath'! Instead, look out
for these signs and syptoms of possible bad breath:
Do you experience nasal drip?
Do you have allergies?
Do you have a chronic dry mouth?
Do you experience a sour taste in your mouth?
Do you have a coating on your tongue?
Do your friends offer you gum or breath mints?
Do strangers turn their heads away when you speak?
These may sound very basic questions
but if you answered yes to any of them there is a good probability
that you have
a problem with
bad breath. If you answered any of them with "I don't
need to become pro-active and observe if any of the conditions
apply to your situation.
BAD BREATH AND SERIOUS HEALTH
Certain breath odors may be symptomatic of health issues
which require immediate attention.
For instance if the odor smells "fruitlike" this may indicate
that your body is trying to expell acetone. This conditions occurs
because of a process called ketoacidosis.
Ketoacidosis happens when insulin is not present in the
body. If insulin is not present, body fat is substituted
insulin, and when metabolized, ketones invade the bloodstream.
can result in a diabetic coma and should be considered
If you have ever had a tube inserted
in your stomach through your mouth or nose, you may have experienced "fecal
your breath. This can also occur when there is a bowel
obstruction or prolonged period of vomiting. An ammonia or fishlike
be associated with chronic kidney failure also known
as chronic renal failure.
This is a sad footnote to our culture today. In years
past this subject wouldn’t even be considered in a guide such as this. A study
conducted in 2003 revealed that 12.3 million Americans 12 years old
and over tried methamphetamine at least once. This number is staggering
when you consider that represents 5.2% of our population.
Not only are the health risks
tremendous but the damage to the teeth is often irreversible. Dentists
teeth of methamphetamine
users are described as rotting, black, stained
and literally falling apart and crumbling. The drug is
and reduces the
production of saliva. Users tend to grind their
teeth and crave sugar in any
form. The drug also remains in the system for up
to 12 hours prolonging the exposure during a period
will not even
consider brushing or flossing.
Removal of the teeth is often
the only course of action.
We have mentioned that vomiting is a known cause
of bad breath. Hand in hand with vomiting are
bulimia and anorexia.
Bulimia involves the practice
of repeated binge eating followed up by self-induced vomiting
called “purging” and is normally
The reasons for engaging in this
practice are different for each participant. However,
accepted by the
community that those who suffer from bulimia
eat for “comfort.”
They use food as a therapy and
consume large amounts to induce inner feeling
of well being.
of anger, loss, sadness and other negative,
Each time they binge, they need
to purge so they can recapture the emotional
band-aids they get
It is an
purging process is also accomplished
by fasting, taking diet pills or
using diuretics. Not only
does the practice
rapidly deplete the body of natural
resources, it also creates a dry
which causes bad breath. If you know
of someone who you suspect may be
on a damaging “binge eating” program watch for
the signs of bad breath as well. If you suspect they may
be engaged in
this behavior, intervention may be
Anorexia is also extremely harmful.
While it may manifest itself
in some of the
it is different
the victim has a fear of weight
gain and even the slightest ounce of
body fat just can’t be
tolerated. Rather than binging
purging is the tool of preference
for people who suffer from anorexia.
Our purpose of discussion that
relates to body piercing is
piercing. It is
not our intent
to make any
judgment of the practice, merely
to point out some of the risks
well as bad breath resulting
The most obvious risk factor
is infection which can occur
when there is a lesion
on any part
of the body.
as we know
mouth is the perfect environment
for bacteria to grow, whether
it is “good” bacteria
or “bad” bacteria.
You might think that the
risk is greater at the
time of piercing
the jewelry after placement
greatly increases the odds
road. Oral piercing may
also put you at risk for blood
possibility of hepatitis
B, C, D and G.
Damage to the blood vessels
in the tongue or cheek
Just having the jewelry
in the mouth can damage
Constant clicking of
the jewelry against
natural and/or restored
teeth can cause
or veneers to crack
Oral jewelry can
also create more
than is necessary.
a pronounced reduction
in the ability
to pronounce words properly.
say that their
ability to chew
Another worse case
scenario is the
risk of having
the jewelry dislodge
jewelry and having
up in the digestive
tract which is
is no doubt
mouth is going
100% of the time is
lodged in or
stud to create
you add in the factors discussed above.
So, if you
and the possibility
or even worse
the norm, of
but if you do
especially the very young 2-4 years old. The
appear to have
immediate treatment. This is in fact, a very common incident
in toddlers as reported from many pediatrician and young parents
should always be on the look-out.
Unlike adults, babies are often
unable to communicate out their discomforts. Watch out for signs
of distress or discomfort. If you are not familiar with care of
babies and toddlers, seek medical advice as soon as you can.