Bad Breath aka Halitosis

Bad BreathWhat is Bad Breath aka Halitosis?

Bad breath, in medical terms, is also known as halitosis. This is the condition where an unpleasant smell emanates from the mouth. At times, those with bad breath seem to be oblivious to the smell of their breaths but it is definitely unpleasant to people around them. For those who found out that they have bad breath, their self-esteem gets affected and would even isolate themselves from society. There are cases where bad breath is only for a short term, brought about by temporary causes. There are also instances where bad breath is considered as long term and would need long term treatment as well.

 

What Causes Bad Breath aka Halitosis?

  • Health problem. Some cases of bad breath are caused by health problems. If you think that you have taken all the necessary precautions to avoid bad breath, you need to check with your doctor as your bad breath may be caused by other health problems.
  • Dental problems. Gum disease, oral bacteria, tooth decay, and other dental problems are known to cause bad breath.
  • Sinus problems. When one has a problem with his sinuses, such as having sinusitis, it could create a mucous buildup at the back portion of the throat. Bacteria feeds on this mucous and produce foul smelling waste materials of their own, causing bad breath.
  • Digestive system problems. There are instances when bad breath is caused by problems in the digestive tract such as constipation, indigestion, digestive tract infection, improper diet, protein maldigestion, and overgrowth of bacteria in the stomach could all lead to bad breath.
  • Smoking. This has been one of the most common causes of bad breath. Tobacco can dry out the mouth and therefore promote the growth of bacteria, creating an awful smell. Nicotine also an unpleasant odour.
  • Stress. Unbeknownst to many, stress can greatly enhance the foul-smelling odour coming from the mouth since it affects the digestive system.
  • Tea/Coffee and dairy products are known to cause instant bad breath.
  • Dry mouth. Having a dry mouth is a major cause for bad breath.
  • Alcohol. This causes thickening of saliva and could promote the growth of bacteria.
  • Breathing through the mouth instead of the nose.
  • Snoring could also cause bad breath.

 

Diagnosis, Signs and Symptoms of Bad Breath aka Halitosis

Aside from people avoiding you especially when you are talking, there are other symptoms of bad breath that you must watch out for.

  • Flatulence, burping, bloating
  • Having a white tongue
  • Acidic taste (sour and metallic like taste)
  • Odorous breath

 

Remedies, Treatment and Cure for Bad Breath aka Halitosis

The following are useful for treating bad breath:

  • Drink a lot of water. It is highly recommended that you drink at least 8 glasses of water daily. This helps in avoiding dehydration. When you talk or exercise a lot, make sure that you take in a lot of water. Having a high protein diet would also need you to drink plenty of water.
  • Avoid alcohol. Alcoholic drinks could make the mouth really dry and could cause bad breath instantly. Beer, wine, and even mouth rinses that are available commercially can cause dehydration.
  • Reduce consumption of coffee, tea, red meat, eggs, and dairy products. These include milk, cheese, ice cream, as well as yoghurt. You can eat unsweetened yoghurt since it does not contain sugar.
  • Avoid eating garlic, onions, and leeks. These contain sulphur compounds that could cause bad breath in an instant. If comes a time that you would need to eat these foods, eat a lot of carrots, celery, and parsley afterwards to eradicate bad breath.
  • Eat a lot of berries, apples, cherries, and pears.
  • Eat plenty of green leafy vegetables.
  • Brush teeth and tongue thoroughly. Make it a point to do so after each meal.
  • Floss every day as well to get rid of food particles in between teeth.

Some Helpful Supplements

  • Coenzyme Q10 (75mg daily) and apply the oil to the gums topically.
  • Zinc (50mg daily). This inhibits the bacteria that produce the sulphur compounds, reducing bad breath. Take this always with food.
  • Vitamin A (5000iu daily) and C (1500mg daily). These vitamins are essential for healthy digestive tract and gums.
  • Digestive enzymes (Papain from papaya, betaine, pepsin, bromelain, and lactase). These help in breaking down protein and lactose coming from dairy products and meat. These also break down sulphur from vegetables. Take these enzyme formulas as per directions.
  • Take acidophilus and bifidus (1 billion in capsule form daily), which are good bacteria that could help in overcoming the fungal overgrowth in the digestive system.
  • Quercetin (400mg 3x daily). This helps build resistance against infection and can promote healing of bleeding gums.
  • Chlorella (1 tsp 3x daily), aloe vera juice (20ml daily), spirulina (1 tsp 3x daily), and chlorophyll (5ml 3x daily). These help in cleansing the body, and supply the nutrients that are usually found in green vegetables.

Some More Useful Tips

  • Cleansing. This could help the digestive system. Garlic, Vitamin C, shark liver oil, milk thistle, red clover, and other cleansing or detoxifying herbs can help.
  • Olive leaf extracts (270mg 3x daily) could help fight fungal infections.
  • Bee propolis or myrrh. The tincture can be brushed directly onto the gums. This is very effective against gum disease.
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