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Bad Breath

Many factors influence our breath. If a person has bad or offensive breath, no matter what the cause this is termed halitosis. Many people are concerned about this matter considering the amount of mouthwash that is purchased every year (more than what is spent on dental care by a large amount!). Systemic problems such as acids from the stomach entering the mouth or sinus or nasal conditions create bad breath too. If a patient has discharge or pain in other areas other than the oral cavity, they should see their physician to rule out any systemic problems that may be contributing to bad breath. One treatable factor in creating bad breath is dry mouth. The reduction of saliva in the mouth from various causes allows the mouth to become lass self-cleansing, increasing the amount of stagnant bacteria plaque present. This dry mouth syndrome can be complicated by mouth breathing due to failure of the nasal cavity to work during respiration from colds or other infections or allergies. Treatment for dry mouth will help against this causative factor.
Another factor in creating bad breath is ‘morning mouth’. This is also created by temporary dry mouth conditions and stagnation of bacteria plaque. This is best treated by plaque removal the night before and early in the morning and increased amounts of saliva that normally flow when one fully wakes. Mouthwashes used alone in the morning only reduce bacterial counts temporarily, masking the breath also temporarily, and then contribute to a drier mouth in many cases due to the high alcohol content. In addition, if sugared mouth mints and gum are regularly used, the risk for cavities is increased.
Another factor in creating bad breath is the type of food eaten. Odors from foods can last for a long time depending on the food. There is no quick cure for spicy or garlicky foods except time. The odors will keep coming into the oral cavity from the digestive system over time as food is broken down. So save your money and do not believe those slick salesman on TV for their ‘assure” way of fighting this problem. Avoidance is the only real way of tackling food odors. The use of tobacco in all forms can also contribute to bad breath and it is hard to treat unless the habit is broken. The degree of exhaled bad breath from the respiratory tract is directly related to the odor intensity present in the type of tobacco use. Thus cigar and pipe smoking have a greater risk of bad breath due to their intense initial odors. Tobacco use can also contribute to bad breath by increasing periodontal disease dry mouth, the additive use of alcohol has a similar affect. One factor is treatable is the bad breath due to bacterial plaque, as it places deposits on the oral surfaces in and around the teeth.
Brushing all your oral surfaces: teeth, gums, your inner cheeks and lips, roof of mouth, and most importantly, the surface of your tongue, will reduce oral plaque and make your mouth real sweet! Flossing really finishes off the mouth since the bacteria around our gumlines smells the worst. Possibly a professional cleaning may also be needed to remove the old plaque, the tartar, around the teeth that serves to hold the new plaque to its rough surface. Cavities or periodontal disease can also create odors like the tartar since these sites can hold the bacteria around the teeth. Infections such as ulcers or abscesses can also cause intense bad breath. So get to it and have a sweeter smelling kiss!

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