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Bad breath or Halitosis is sometimes very difficult to treat because of the its many causes.  It can result from poor dental hygiene habits, diet, and other medical desease or conditions.


Treatment of Bad Breath

Because of the many causes of halitosis, there are many different approaches to treating the problem.  Begin by seeing your dentist and controlling any gum disease and replacing poor leaky restorations.  Adopt good oral hygiene habits.  This involves regular good brushing with a mechanical toothbrush, flossing, scapping of the tongue with a tongue scrapper and using a good oral rinse.  The actual rinse type depends agian upon what the main cause of the bad breath is.  If it is caused by uncontrolled bacterial levels, a good antimicrobial rinse such as listerine, Crest Pro health, or other RX chlorhexidine mouthwash may be best.  If it is caused by residual dead bacterial cells, brought on by dry mouth Spry Oral rinse may help.  If it is caused by sulfer compounds from the lung or airway, rinses with Chlorine Dioxide may help.  Using a sonic AirFloss with a rinse helps remove the bacteria in hard to get areas, expecially around dental restorations.  Xylitol will inhibit the bacteria levels in the mouth and increase saliva flow, so chewing a piece of Xylitol gum will help decrease bad breath and promote a cleaner healthier mouth.  Watching your diet can also help.  Drinking lots of water and eating friuts and vegetables while decreaseing red meats will also help.  If you still are having problems after implimenting these ideas there may be a medical condition causing the problem.  Get a physical and make sure that you are healthy.  Sometimes there are some physiologic developments like large tonsils or chronic sinus problems that have to be delt with.  For reasons like these, regular order masking products and products that increase salivary flow help the most, also regular sinus rinse is recommended.  Spry sinus care works good for this.


Why Do Poor Oral Habits Cause Bad Breath?

If you don't brush and floss teeth daily, food particles can remain in your mouth, which promotes bacterial growth between teeth, around the gums, and on the tongue. This causes bad breath. Antibacterial mouth rinses can also help reduce bacteria.


What Health Problems Are Associated With Bad Breath?

Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth may be warning signs of gum (periodontal) disease. Gum disease is caused by the buildup of plaque on teeth. The bacteria cause toxins to form in the mouth, which irritate the gums. If gum disease continues untreated, it can damage the gums, bone and other supporting tissue of the teeth.


Dry Mouth

Dry mouth is a major contributor to bad breath.  Saliva is the bodies natural mechanism of cleansing and minimizing bacterial colonization. Saliva is necessary to moisten and cleanse the mouth by neutralizing acids produced by plaque and washing away dead cells that accumulate on the tongue, gums, and cheeks. If not removed, these cells decompose and can cause bad breath.  Many medication contribute to dry mouth and breathing through the mouth is a contributing factor as well.


Foods we eat affect bad breath

Eating more fruits and vegetables may decrease bad breath. Fruits and vegetables contain a lot of water, which can help keep your mouth moist. Saliva is nature's way of keeping your breath fresh.  Garlic can make your breath smell even after you've brushed and rinsed with a mouth rinse.  After being digested, a smelly substance in garlic is absorbed into your bloodstream and then transferred to your lungs, where it is expelled as a gas -- making your breath smell! Brushing your teeth and rinsing with mouthwash only temporarily hide the odor.  Eating red meat can worsen your breath; eating less meat may improve your breath. The decay of the leftover bits of proteins in meats and cheese can create odors in your breath.


Other causes of bad breath

Old leaking dental restoration are great place to harbor bacteria and contribute to bad breath.  Debris caught in your tonsils also can be a factor in halitosis. So can those smelly gray or yellowish deposits, called tonsilloliths or tonsil stones. Gargling may help ease the problem.  Many other diseases and illnesses may cause bad breath. Here are some to be aware of: respiratory tract infections such as pneumonia or bronchitis, chronic sinus infections, postnasal drip, diabetes, chronic acid reflux, and liver or kidney problems.