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Bad Breath (Halitosis) Information

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Bad Breath, also known as halitosis or fetor oris (Latin), is an embarrassing, condition that occurs naturally. The prime villain of bad breath is anaerobic bacteria. This bacteria lives primarily on your tongue and thrives in the hot, sticky, air-free environment in your mouth. This bacteria eat the proteins in your saliva, and release a sulfuric gas. This sulfuric gas is the unpleasant odor that is bad breath.

There are many causes of bad breath, 90% of which originate in the mouth. Fortunately for most of us, bad breath is not a serious condition, and can be easily treated. First, Let us look at some causes of bad breath;

  • Sleeping (Morning Breath); While you are asleep, your saliva flows more slowly. Since the flow is slower, it is unable to dilute the release of sulfuric gas.
  • A Dirty Tongue; has tiny little hairs which are the real culprits for bad breath. These tiny little hairs trap and breed bacteria.
  • Dieting; Eating produces saliva to enable the easier swallowing of food, and swallowing dislodges bacteria from the back of the tongue. So, the less you eat, the less saliva you produce, and the less sulfuric gases you dilute.
  • Certain Foods; All foods can cause bad breath, but food such as onions, garlic, etc. (you know which ones you avoid when you have an important business meeting or a hot date!) have highly volatile gases that are absorbed into the bloodstream, evaporates into the lungs, and wafts out of your mouth when you speak. Since this form of halitosis is lung-based, flushing the system with lots of water will help.
  • Menstruation; Hormones released right before the start of the menstrual cycle create a heavy concentration of sulfuric protein in saliva.
  • Poor Oral Hygiene; Food trap within cavities inside the mouth can cause bad breath. Poor oral hygiene (proper brushing and flossing) can result in food particles rotting within your mouth.

Now that we know the cause of bad breath let us look for simple solutions.

  • Proper Brushing; Did you know that when you brush your teeth and gums that you should also brush your tongue and also the roof of your mouth. Brushing these areas helps dislodge bacteria from the microscopic hairs on your tongue. By removing these bacteria you will keep your breath fresher all day.
  • Proper Oral Hygiene; If you have dentures, cavities, or other mouth problems make sure that you cleanse the affected area thoroughly. Keeping your mouth free of foreign particles will keep your breath fresh.
  • Avoid Certain Foods; If you don't want to smell like garlic on the night of a hot date you should avoid eating garlic. Please don't feel like you are going to miss good foods our next tips is helpful as well.
  • Drink Plenty of Water; Keeping yourself hydrated does two things. It allows your system to flush out odors from onions, garlic, and other aromatic foods. It also keeps your mouth moist and slows the growth of bacteria.
  • Avoid Alcohol and Caffeine; Alcohol and Caffeine are both diuretics and can cause your mouth to become dry. A dry mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria. (Note: This principle is responsible for the introduction of new, Alcohol free mouthwashes).

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