WHEW! BAD BREATH!

No reason to be “long-winded” about this topic. Here are the do’s and don’ts for bad breath prevention.

Research shows that up to 50% of people suffer from bad breath (halitosis) which can impact your professional social and romantic lives in many negative ways.  Studies also show that 90% of cases of bad breath are of dental origin.
The causes are many with the main precursor being bacteria. The solutions are effective, but it requires discipline for maintenance.

Main causes:
1.     Forgetting to brush your tongue
2.     Becoming dehydrated (sometimes due to medications)
3.     Odors from garlic, onions, cabbage, and certain spices may result in halitosis when the suspected food is absorbed into the blood stream after digestion
4.     Drinking coffee and alcohol can have the same effect
5.     Gasses produced during the digestive process may escape through your mouth, emanating the odor it produces
6.     Poor Oral hygiene leaving decaying food particles and bacteria trapped in your mouth
7.     Periodontal disease along with the accumulation of plaque
8.     Smoking (and chewing tobacco) cause bad breath in conjunction with the habit contributing to gum disease
9.     Ketoacidosis occurs in diabetics and results in a fruity-smelling odor in the breath
10. Sinusitis and lung infections also cause bad breath
11. Oral piercings
12. Tonsil stones (tonsilloliths)
13. Oral cancer

Solutions:
1.     Brush your teeth for two minutes at least two times per day
2.     Brush your tongue
3.     Floss every day
4.     Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated
5.     Chew sugar free gum to maintain good saliva flow
6.     Over-the-counter breath fresheners such as gum, mints, breath strips, breath sprays, and certain mouth rinses will only provide a temporary relief from bad breath
7.     Have your teeth cleaned at least every six months
8.     Quit smoking
9.     An easy way to prevent bad breath is to chew parsley after a meal. Parsley contains chlorophyll, a known breath freshener.
10.  Occasionally use a mixture of 50% hydrogen peroxide and 50% water, as a mouth rinse. Hydrogen peroxide will help kill the bacteria that cause bad breath.  Salt water rinsing also helps kill bacteria.  Use of the waterpik with salt water is also
a very good hygiene tool.

Chronic bad breath may stem from deeper health issues. You should consult a dental professional or medical professional if you think you may have a systemic health issue contributing to bad breath, such as:

  •  Acid and bile reflux from the stomach
  •  Kidney failure
  •  Diabetes
  •  Metabolic dysfunction
  •   Liver disease