Bad Breath Stinks Prevent Halitosis
Bad breath is an honest-to-goodness medical condition that affects the sufferer’s self esteem, and in turn, his everyday life and personal relationships. That is, if he knows he suffers from it at all. Our own smelly breath is hard to smell, and so it may be difficult to know if you have bad breath,especially if family members, friends, and colleagues are too polite to bring it up.
How can I tell if have bad breath?
Common symptoms of bad breath (otherwise known as halitosis) include a post-nasal drip, a bitter metallic taste in the mouth, a white coating on the tongue, and/or thick saliva. Sufferers may have experience some, or all of these symptoms — many of which depend on the underlying cause of the affliction.
What causes bad breath?
While there are many factors that may cause bad breath, four are most common.
- Dry mouth:There couldn’t be a better environment for anaerobic bacteria to reproduce than a dry mouth. Smoking, extended periods of speaking, and snoring lead to dry mouth, which leads to bad breath: Usually in the morning. Those who suffer from dry mouth under produce in the saliva department, and may end up dealing with long-term bad breath problems.
- Food:From stinky sulfuric foods (like onions and garlic), to protein-dense foods (like dairy, meat and fish) and those high in refined, processed sugars, certain food morsels not only provide food and energy for our bodies, but also for the bacteria that live in our mouths. Likewise, coffee and juices. These beverages are acidic, and incubate halitosis-causing bacteria.
- Poor dental hygiene:Makes sense, right? Poor oral hygiene causes bacteria to build up on the teeth and gums, and when that happens, bad breath is the least of your worries. Gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis are often accompanied by halitosis, because the proteins from bleeding gums and diseased tissue spur on odor-causing bacteria.
- Illness and disease:While it’s important to note that this is most uncommon, a small portion (approximately 10 percent) of all bad breath cases are caused by illness. Individuals who suffer from diabetes, lung disease, kidney disease, and even cancer can experience chronic bad breath.
What can I do to prevent bad breath from occurring?
First thing first, visit the good dentists at Fredericksburg & Montclair Family Dentistry for regular cleaning and check-ups, and then:
- Eat foods rich in fiber
- Always use mouthwash
- Drink green and black tea
- Avoid products that contain sodium lauryl sulfate or alcohol
- Stop smoking
- Drink water
- Brush your teeth, and clean your mouth after eating meat, fish or dairy products