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How To Get Rid Of Bad Breath

Aug 30, 2008
More than 20 million people are suffering from bad breath (chronic halitosis in medical terms). In most of the cases it starts due to problems in gums and tongue. Bacteria causes odour in the mouth and this occurred from the decomposed food particles and other debris in ones mouth and poor oral hygiene. The decay and debris create a sulphur compound, which causes an obnoxious odour.

Many rumors circulate from time to time about the cause of chronic bad breath, or halitosis. One can almost rule out the theory of bad breath coming from places other than the mouth. The esophagus is collapsed normally and air can only escape in the form of the occasional burp. If your mouth and teeth are healthy you should first check the dorsum, or that area on the back of the tongue.

Although the postnasal drip doesn't have an odor when it first reaches the tongue, it develops one as it sits there. To combat the source of bad breath, gargle with an effective mouthwash and then actually clean the tongue thoroughly with a tongue scraper or a toothbrush without toothpaste on it. One may find this procedure uncomfortable due to the fact that it triggers the gag reflex, but in time this subsides.

Home check up for the bad breath
After ruling out the mouth, the tongue and infected teeth, the next area is to investigate the nose and the nasal passages. If a person is suffering from sinusitis or another bacterial infection, a blockage of the airway or dry nasal mucous it can lead to bad breath.

If the patient breathes our through their nose and the odor is similar to that exiting the mouth, the nose is most likely the culprit. In this case an ear, nose and throat doctor should be contacted for further investigation of the problem. A dry mouth which can be caused by medications or stress can cause bad breath. If this is the cause some chewing gum to get the juices flowing again should remedy the situation.

Conclusion
Flossing is a very important habit to develop. It has been shown that people who make a habit of flossing have cleaner, more pleasant smelling mouths. The floss removes the buildup of bacteria from between the teeth.

A bacterium lodged in the mouth is a very common source of mouth odor. In short, there are many products out there to help control chronic bad breath. Chronic bad breath could be a symptom of lung infections, bronchial infections, metabolic disorders, carcinomas or biochemical disorders, however, the mouth and the nose are usually where the problem originates.
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