What to Do About Bad Breath

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Bad breath is a topic most of us don’t like to discuss.  It is a real issue for many, because at times or even most of the time, it forces many to lose confidence in themselves, or it spoils their interactions with friends or loved ones.   Do you suffer from chronic bad breath?  There are several reasons why people have bad breath and solutions available that will help in most cases.  You just need to be aware of these solutions and understand what causes bad breath in the first place.

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What Causes Bad Breath?

Chronic bad breath is known as halitosis and is generally due to a lack of proper dental hygiene.  It can also be an indication of other more serious issues.  Bad breath cures often require little more than making simple changes to your daily teeth cleaning routine.  There is no need to feel embarrassed if this is the case for you.  Just make the modifications suggested here and bad breath can be a thing of the past.

Bad breath is normally caused by a buildup of noxious bacteria that live in your mouth.  Saliva helps fight mouth bacteria, so conditions where you have a dry mouth may allow the bacteria to grow more than usual.   When you wake up in the morning, for instance, you may experience more bad breath due to the lack of saliva flow in your mouth during the night.  While you sleep the bacteria trapped in your mouth or between your teeth tends to build up and release foul smelling odors.  If you have a dry mouth condition, the situation can be even more noticeable after waking.

Do You Have Bad Breath?

It is often difficult to smell your own breath.  If you aren’t convinced that you have bad breath then brush your teeth with your toothbrush but without tooth paste.  Brush your teeth, the insides of your cheeks and your tongue.  Then smell the toothbrush.  This may seem disgusting, but it is one way to be sure you are getting an accurate indication of how bad your breath actually smells.

The Number One Cure for Bad Breath

Cleaning your teeth regularly with toothpaste and flossing are the easiest ways of getting rid of bad breath.  You can also brush your tongue or use a tongue scraper to directly remove the bacteria from your tongue.  Mouthwash is another great way to fight against bad breath.  Many mouthwashes contain alcohol, however, which can contribute to a dry mouth and thus create an environment that helps the bacteria to thrive.  Consider looking for a mouthwash that contains little or no alcohol or create your own using some of the products you have in your own home.  A simple mouthwash can be made from baking soda, as an example.

Other Health Conditions that Cause Bad Breath

In some cases, chronic bad breath may have nothing to do with your teeth or gums.  It may instead be  an indication of other health problems.  Acid reflux, for example, can have an effect on your breath.  As the gases in your stomach churn, they travel up the esophagus and are expelled when you exhale, which will smell a good bit like the bad breath caused by bacteria in the mouth.

Chronic bronchitis and diabetes can also lead to cases of bad breath.  Both are medical conditions that can greatly affect the chemical reactions in the body and one of the symptoms of these chemical imbalances is bad breath.  If you visit your dentist regularly and keep your teeth clean with good daily hygiene but continue to suffer with bad breath it is best to seek out a medical professional.  First contact your dentist, schedule a cleaning, and let him/her know of your bad breath issues.  This will prompt him/her to search for any possible cracks in your teeth or old fillings that might need correction.  If there are no problems with your teeth then make an appointment with your family doctor to rule out various medical conditions.

In Summary

Getting rid of bad breath can often require only a relatively minor change in your daily routine and is well worth the effort.  Determining the cause of bad breath can sometimes lead to the discovery of other medical issues, so don’t allow it to persist untreated, by resorting to breath cover-ups like gum or candy.  If you suffer from bad breath, follow the tips indicated here and seek help from your local Dentist.  Treatment options, including sedation dentistry, can reduce your anxiety, so don’t hold off on approaching your local dentist if bad breath has become an issue for you.  If that doesn’t help, follow up with your family doctor.  There is no reason for anyone to accept bad breath as a condition they can’t cure and must endure.