Bad breath is one of those unpleasant social embarrassments tha cuses endless anxiety, but it can be controlled or treated successfully
- What is Bad Breath?
Halitosis is the medical terms for bad or foul smelly breath. It is such a common complaint that nearly all adults, those with poor oral hygiene, suffer from it at some time in their lives. In children bad breath is much more rare. Halitosis has many causes, that can be easily remedied.
- How Bad Breath is caused?
The common cause of Halitosis is poor teeth and gums. Decaying and badly cared for teeth cause bad breath because food and bacteria already present in the mouth decompose between and around the teeth, affecting the air that is breathed out.Once the decaying food accumulates and is mixed with the chalky deposit of saliva (tartar), the gum margins can become inflamed. This causes gum conditions such as pyorrhea, where pus is discharged from the gums tainting the exhaled air.
Spicy food, or food containing garlic, onions, fish etc., lie on the cells in the mouth and fullet for many hours after they have been eaten , causing bad breath. Likewise, vomiting results in foul breath for some hours after it has occurred.
The foulest breath is caused by a connection developing between the large intestine and the stomach, resulting bad breath reflects the odour of the faeces entering the stomach. This is an extremely rare occurrence and is either caused by cancer of the stomach or ulcerative inflammation of the stomach.
Bad breath can also be caused due to uncontrolled diabetes, in which breath develops a sweet and foetid odour. There is also distinctive odour associated with kidney failure. Both these situations are rare.
Finally respiratory tract illness can also cause Halitosis.
- How do you know you suffer from Bad Breath?
Bad breath is a personal problem, that other people will rarely tell the sufferer that he or she has it. Sometimes sufferer may be quite unaware,. Some people are so shy and embarrassed about it that they only ask their dentist. One simple test that detect Halitosis is to lick the back of your hand and sniff it. This puts saliva and mouth odour under your nose and is a good guide to the state of your breath.Bad breath is social humiliation, especially when the sufferer knows it and also is aware that others with whom he comes in contact know it too.
When gum disease such as gingivitis or pyorrhea has caused bad breath there is a chance that gums will recede and the teeth becomes loose if the condition is neglected.
- What is the treatment for Bad Breath?
Treatment of bad breath depends on what caused it. Good dental care is an absolute necessity, not only to prevent bad breath, but also to preserve teeth.Sometimes the best remedy is using a mouthwash. Rinsing the mouth thoroughly with a mouthwash after brushing your teeth will moisten the mouth, increase the flow of saliva and make your breath smell fresh. Doing this also alleviate the bad breath caused due to smoking, eating spicy foods or a stomach upset.