Have you experienced any of the following?
Your chronic bad breath is interfering with your social or professional success.
You frequently have a bad taste in your mouth.
People step back from you when you are talking to them, or they avoid direct contact with you.
Somebody has commented on your bad breath, or offered you mints or chewing gum.
You experience a white or yellow film on your tongue.
If your answer is yes to any of the above, there is a good chance you have a chronic bad breath problem, and you may be seeking a way to cure your halitosis condition.
Bad breath carries a real social stigma. If you treat chronic bad breath, it will make a tremendous difference in your life. Whether your bad breath troubles are chronic or of the occasional morning-after-pizza variety, you can clear the air by applying few habits to your lifestyle.
Do you know you’re slightly pungent after a hard Spinning class or garlicky dinner? A bit of self-help—including a dedicated regimen of tooth and tongue brushing—will usually do the trick.
Most common causes of bad breath:
- Periodontal diseases
- Odour-causing bacteria on the tongue
- Certain foods and alcoholic beverages
- Tobacco use
Less common causes:
- Infections in the sinuses or lungs
- Cancer of the nasal passages, mouth, or throat
- Foreign object in the nose (typically in children)
- Imagined halitosis (psychogenic halitosis)
- Dieting can contribute to bad breath, as can postnasal drip.
In more serious cases, sour breath may be a symptom of health problems—including respiratory infection, gastroesophageal reflux, uncontrolled diabetes, and kidney failure—that require medical attention.
- A whiff of your breath can help your doctor determine whether your problem is physical rather than just social. Here’s what certain types of bad breath can mean:
- Sweet and fruity: Diabetes
- Ammonia/urine: Kidney failure
- Rotten eggs: Cirrhosis of the liver
Do you know, the sniff test is a helpful part of the dental examination that can help tell whether the bad odour is coming from a nose or sinus disorder versus a mouth or lung disorder?
There are certain food items that can prevent bad breath and keep your jaws and teeth healthy.
- Drink more water: Many of us aren’t aware of the fact that drinking enough and at regular intervals can actually prevent one from bad breath. Drinking water at an interval of every hour throughout the day will keep your mouth hydrated, and help keep bacteria at bay.
- Cheese and yogurt: A small piece of cheese can neutralize the dietary acids that are stuck in your mouth after every meal which are responsible for bad breath. So once you are done with a meal, eat a small piece of cheese. A small serving of unsweetened yogurt can also help.
- Raw foods: Apart from dietary reasons and keeping oneself healthy, raw foods can also help in fighting bad breath. Eat raw carrots, celery and apples. Crunchy fruits and vegetables, which are preferably organic, are beneficial in fighting against bad breath. Eating raw and crunchy veggies and fruits can help to scrape out the plaque, often the cause of frequent bad breath.
- Salt water gargle: Another easy solution is salt water gargle. Not only does a salt water gargle help in keeping a sore throat at bay, it eliminates bacteria from your throat and tonsils.
- Sugarless candies and gum. Sugarless candies, gum, or even mints are great for increasing the saliva flow in the mouth. One can even use the traditional cinnamon, clove, or cardamom.
Ways to Beat Bad Breath
Take care of your teeth
Your first and easiest line of defense is good oral care. Brush twice a day, and floss at least once daily, to remove the plaque and bacteria that accumulates on your teeth and under your gumline. Be sure to visit your Arlington dentist twice a year for a check-up and professional cleaning.
Clean your tongue and the skin under your cheeks & lips gently
Most people neglect this crucial area when brushing. Take a regular soft bristle toothbrush and make a few gentle strokes down the tongue from back to front once a day.
Change your diet
A low-carb, high protein diet may be the cause of that killer bad breath.
Take a tea break
Research out of the University of Illinois, in Chicago, shows that polyphenols, the chemical components found in black and green tea, can prevent the growth of bacteria responsible for bad breath. So try a cup of Lemon Zinger and zap out those funky fumes!