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Bad Breath Can Be Prevented And Treated

Aug 30, 2008
Bad breath can lead to embarrassment, create social and psychological barriers, and even affect marriages. Bad breath, or halitosis, can be a major problem, especially when you're about to snuggle with your sweetie or whisper a joke to your friend.

The good news is that bad breath can often be prevented with some simple steps. Odor-producing bacteria that grow in the mouth cause bad breath. When you don't brush and floss regularly, bacteria accumulate on the bits of food left in your mouth and between your teeth.

The sulfur compounds released by these bacteria make your breath smell. Certain foods, especially ones like garlic and onions that contain pungent oils, can contribute to bad breath because the oils are carried to your lungs and out through your mouth. Smoking is also a major cause of bad breath.

Emergence of bad breathe
Even in relatively healthy mouth bacteria can and do find anaerobic environments underneath the gum line, both around and in between teeth, in which to live. These anaerobic environments, however, are even more numerous and available in the mouths of people who have experienced periodontal disease.

The majority of bad breath problems begin in the mouth. Bad breath that is of oral cavity origin can be traced to a sulfur compound produced by bacteria. Dead and dying bacterial cells release this sulfur compound that gives the breath an unpleasant odor. Bacterial plaque and food debris accumulate on the back of the tongue.

The tongue's surface is extremely rough and bacteria can accumulate easily in the cracks and crevices. Large amounts of sulfur compounds can be produced in this area, making it a frequent site of origin for bad breath. The tooth attracts bacteria containing plaque and if not cleaned regularly and thoroughly, this can result in large accumulations of bacteria that result in bad breath.

People who have periodontitis often experience bad breath because of bacteria accumulating in areas that are not cleaned easily, such as deep pockets around teeth. Fortunately, treatment is very effective for people who have bad breath of mouth origin.

Other reasons for the emergence
Other reasons for bad breath may be, infections, especially in the sinuses or lungs diabetes mellitus, kidney failure, malfunction of the liver disorders of metabolism, and lastly fasting. If your bad breath continues once potential oral health problems have been treated, see your doctor to rule out any other causes.
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