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Why do I have bad breath?

Published Thursday, June 4, 2015 by YFD

Do people regularly offer you gum or mints?  Do co- workers politely adjust themselves slightly away from your face when you discuss a project?  This could be the embarrassing sign that you may be suffering from halitosis. 
          Halitosis is the medical terminology for consistent bad breath.  Ricola Breath Mints, Listerine Pocket Packs, and Trident sugarless gum are products targeted to mask bad breath.   However to cure bad breath, one must understand the source of the condition.  Bad breath can be caused by many sources. 

     ·        Foods. The foods we eat not only affect our overall health, but also play an integral role in our breath.  Strong flavors such as garlic, spices, peppers and onions, or any food, are absorbed into the bloodstream, transferred into the lungs, and are expelled in the air we breathe.
    ·        Poor oral health care. Proper daily tooth brushing, flossing and mouth rinsing helps remove food from crevices within our mouths.  This also helps reduce the harmful bacteria in the mouth that causes cavities and periodontal gum disease.  Food that is allowed to collect on the teeth, gums, and tongue may rot, which causes an unpleasant odor and taste in the mouth.
    ·        Improper cleaning of dentures. Dentures that are not cleaned properly may be collecting bacteria, fungi, and remaining food particles, which cause bad breath.  Dentures need to be cleansed with approved denture cleaner and a soft brush daily.
    ·        Periodontal disease. One of the primary symptoms of this gum disease is foul breath.  It may cause a bad taste in the mouth as well. This condition requires immediate care by a dentist.
    ·        Dry Mouth. This condition can be the primary contributor to bad breath. Dry Mouth is the reduced ability to produce saliva. Saliva or spit the body’s natural way to cleanse the mouth from food particles.  Dry Mouth can be caused by certain medications, a medical condition, or by continuously breathing through the mouth instead of the nose.
    ·        Tobacco products. Not only do tobacco products such as cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, and snuff stain the teeth and put the body at risk for a host of diseases, they also contribute to bad breath.

So if your friend offers you gum or mints, consider seeing your us for a full check-up.
  It could save your friendship.

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