BAD BREATH by Vickie Kline

bad breathBad breath, whose technical name is halitosis, can be embarrassing and troublesome. Our society is obsessed with bad breath, as is evident by store shelves overflowing with gum, mints, mouthwashes, and other products designed to fight halitosis. These products may temporarily relieve the symptom, without addressing the true cause of the problem.

Basically, all food eaten begins to be broken down in the mouth. As foods are digested and absorbed into the bloodstream, they are eventually carried to the lungs and given off in our breath. If you eat foods with strong odors, such as, onions or garlic, you may temporarily decrease the odor by brushing, but it will return as foods pass through the body. Once the process is complete, the breath odor should go away. If not, you may want to check with your dentist or doctor.

Bad breath can be classified into two categories: transient and persistent. Transient refers to a temporary odor which disappears after brushing your teeth or using mouthwash. Persistent bad breath occurs when you work to correct the problem and it remains. This may be cause for concern. It could be a sign of tongue bacteria, breakdown of protein in the mouth, gum disease, yeast infection in the mouth, or a problem with your tonsils. If you suffer from dry mouth and don’t produce enough saliva, you may also have bad breath. Saliva is necessary to moisten and cleanse the mouth by neutralizing acids produced by plaque. If you think you’re experiencing persistent bad breath and are having trouble getting it under control, seek medical advice. You may also be dealing with symptoms of respiratory infection, postnasal drip, diabetes, acid reflux, or kidney problems.

Don’t let halitosis become a problem. Use good oral hygiene and brush often. If you still encounter problems, check with your physician.

Strive to be healthy!

Image courtesy of Fresh Breath Secrets

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Lisa Evens
    Feb 11, 2013 @ 22:50:45

    great post

    Reply

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