Bad breath, medically called halitosis, can result from poor dental health habits and may be a sign of other health problems. Bad breath can also be made worse by the types of foods you eat and other unhealthy lifestyle habits.Basically, all the food you eat begins to be broken down in your mouth. As foods are digested and absorbed into your bloodstream, they are eventually carried to your lungs and given off in your breath
Have you tried any of these:
- Eating mints and chewing gum
- Various mouthwashes
- Special toothpastes
- Breath sprays
- Tongue scrapers
- Gargling with salt water
- Nasal irrigation and sinus flushing
- Poor dental hygiene — Infrequent or improper brushing and flossing, allows bits of food that are stuck between the teeth to decay inside the mouth. Poor oral hygiene eventually will lead to periodontal (gum) disease, which also can cause bad breath.
Symptoms depend on the type of infection. They can include:
- Red or swollen gums that may bleed easily, especially after brushing or flossing
- Pus between teeth or a pocket of pus (abscess) at the base of a tooth
- Loose teeth or a change in how a denture fits
- Painful, open sores on the tongue or gums
- Infections in the mouth — These can be caused by either a cavity in a tooth or by periodontal (gum) disease.
- Respiratory tract infections — Throat, sinus or lung infections
Symptoms may include:
- Sore throat
- Swollen lymph nodes ("swollen glands") in the neck
- Stuffy nose
- A greenish or yellowish discharge from the nose
- A cough that produces mucus
- External source — Garlic, onions, coffee, cigarette smoking, chewing tobacco. Smoking and drinking coffee, tea and/or red wine will contribute to your teeth becoming discolored.
- Dry mouth (xerostomia) — This can be caused by salivary gland problems, medicines or "mouth breathing." A large number of prescriptions and over the counter medicines cause dry mouth.
Symptoms may include:
- Difficulty swallowing dry foods
- Difficulty speaking for a long time because of mouth dryness
- Burning in the mouth
- An unusually high number of cavities
- Dry eyes (in Sjögren's syndrome)
- Illnesses — Diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease, lung disease, sinus disease, reflux disease and others
Symptoms of diabetes, lung disease, kidney failure or liver disease
- Psychiatric illness — Some people may believe they have bad breath, but others do not notice it. This is referred to as "pseudohalitosis."
You also can combat bad breath by drinking plenty of water every day to help your body make saliva. An occasional swish of the mouth with water can loosen bits of food. Sugar-free gum or sugar-free breath mints can help you keep breath fresh and prevent plaque from forming. But be aware that consuming large amounts of sugar-free gum and/or mints that contain sorbitol may cause side effects. These can include diarrhea and bloating.
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