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Causes of Halitosis

Aug 17, 2007
Halitosis occurs for many reasons, so you may not be sure of what to do to treat the condition. However, halitosis is much easier to fix than you think, so you'll most likely have everything you need to avoid bad breath in your home or medicine cabinet. Here are a few of the most common reasons why people get halitosis, along with some suggestions for getting rid of halitosis.

One of the most common reasons for halitosis is the consumption of foods with strong smells. If you eat eggs, garlic, or onion often, it is very likely that these smells stay on your breath long before your meal is finished. So, you should be sure that you clean your mouth after eating a meal with these ingredients, since the smell is so hard to get rid of. You may also want to avoid foods with strong smells if you know you are going to have to talk to people in close range (i.e. a date or a business meeting).

If you are on any type of medication, you may experience halitosis as well, so you should talk to your doctor about ways to avoid the condition. Antihistamines, which are forms of medication giving to people with allergies, can cause halitosis due to their drying properties. When the mouth does not have enough saliva, bacteria can stay in the mouth for longer periods of time, causing an odor that may be harder to get rid of. Certain antidepressant drugs can have the same effect, so in order to avoid halitosis, it's best to speak to your doctor about alternative medication options.

Certain internal conditions can also cause halitosis. For instance, if you have liver or kidney problems, you may want to speak to your doctor about ways you can eliminate the sulfurous taste in your mouth, and you can drink increased amounts of water to rid your mouth of a the sugary odor that may occur as a result of diabetes. If you think you may have these conditions, or think that halitosis may be a warning sign for any type of sickness, be sure to see your doctor right away.

If you want to avoid halitosis, keeping your mouth clean and changing your diet will help, no matter which factors caused halitosis. Brushing and flossing after each meal, rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash, and consuming a diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables is the best way to make sure you don't contract halitosis again, since you will be ridding the mouth of bacteria and rinsing impurities from the mouth several times a day.
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Jeff Clare writes regularly for Bad Breath Causes And Treatments where you can read many more articles on bad breath treatments . Also go to Halitosis Causes And Treatments for a range of informative articles on bad breath and much more
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