“Halitosis is a term used to describe noticeably unpleasant odors exhaled in breathing. Halitosis is estimated to be the third most frequent reason for seeking dental aid, following tooth decay and periodontal disease.” -Wikipedia.com
Most of the time when we find ourselves with less than desirable breathe we can blame the delicious onion burger we had for lunch. But sometimes there is a more complex issue to be addressed. In the following text I present several of the most common causes of Halitosis, and a few treatment options to hopefully help you better understand this common occurrence.
Some of the most common causes of Halitosis are:
• The food you eat- When food is eaten it is absorbed into the bloodstream. From there it is transferred to the lungs where the scent is expelled, affecting the air you exhale. This happens until the food is eliminated by your body.
• Oral hygiene- Without brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits food will remain in your mouth for extended periods of time, creating a breeding ground for bacteria that produce a less that desirable odor. Also, food left in the mouth that long can cause the gums to rot, and nothing that is rotting can smell all that good.
• Improperly cleaned dentures- Like poor oral hygiene, dentures that are not properly cleaned collect bacteria through food particles and cause bad breath.
• Periodontal Disease (gum disease)- One of the most prominent symptoms of gum disease is bad, often foul breathe. Also, along with bad breathe there will also be a constant unpleasant taste in the mouth. If you think this is the issue, see your Dental Depot dental professional as soon as possible.
• Xerostomia (dry mouth)- Xerostomia can be caused by a number of things, a few of the most common causes would be a reaction to certain medications, a salivary gland disorder, or predominantly breathing through the mouth. Without the proper amount of saliva the mouth will struggle to cleanse itself of food remnants.
• Tobacco- Tobacco is probably the most obvious cause of bad breathe. Cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, snuff, and any other tobacco product not only causes halitosis, but also stains the teeth and puts the rest of the body at risk for a number of diseases.
• Medical Condition- Bad breathe can sometimes be a symptom of a medical condition. Something like a respiratory infection, diabetes, a gastrointestinal disorder, or even liver or kidney disorder could all cause halitosis. If you believe your halitosis could be the symptom of a medical condition, please see a physician as soon as possible.
Here are a few treatment options:
Since things like mints, gum, and sprays simply mask bad breathe, a visit to the dentist is highly recommended.
Basically, to fight halitosis just practice good oral hygiene. If this does not help, one of the great dentists at Dental Depot would be more than happy to help you understand both the cause and treatment for your particular case.
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