Could Bad Breath Suggest A More Serious Problem?
DOES YOUR BREATH STINK? Do you know if your breath stinks? What causes it? What can be done about it? Here at our practice we get lots of questions about bad breath. Sometimes the questions come from a long-suffering friend or family member of somebody else with bad breath.
Causes Of Bad Breath (often called “halitosis”)
Halitosis can be caused by a number of things—some more serious than others. Here are the most common causes:
1. Things You Eat, Like Garlic And Onions
Foods like garlic and onions contain oils that transfer through your bloodstream into your lungs, causing odor to be emitted each time you exhale.
2. Things You Don’t Eat, And A Dry Mouth
Dieting can trigger different chemical processes that can make you more susceptible to bad breath. Also, not eating slows down saliva production, decreasing your mouth’s ability to clean away bacterial build-up. That’s why “morning breath” is unpleasant. Also, certain prescription medications can cause dry mouth.
3. The Way You Feel
Sometimes a cold or sore throat can be the culprit with odors coming directly from the bacteria or mucus trapped in your mouth or sinus area. Typically, these problems won’t go away until the symptoms causing them are gone.
4. Things That May Be More Serious
More serious causes include things like gum disease, kidney problems, diabetes, oral cancer, anorexia/bulimia and others. That’s why it’s so important to contact us about chronic bad breath problems that you just can’t seem to solve.
Things You Can Do That Help
Remember, chronic or extreme bad breath is not normal. If you have any questions about causes, symptoms, or remedies talk with our team.
- Practice good oral hygiene! You know—brush and floss!
- Gently brush your tongue.
- Use an antibacterial mouthwash regularly.
- Eat healthy, drink enough water, and don’t smoke.
- Occasionally chew sugarless gum or suck on a sugarless mint.
- If you wear any oral appliance, or have dentures, clean them thoroughly.
- Don’t miss or postpone regular dental checkups.
A Little Fun With “a new sense of daintiness…”
Contrary to the popular legend that Listerine coined the term “halitosis”, it actually dates back to the 1870’s. However, Listerine made the term commonplace by using it in many of their ad campaigns. Halitosis combines the Latin “halitus”, meaning “breath”, with the Greek suffix “osis” used to describe a medical condition.
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