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What is Halitosis?

Aug 17, 2007
If you think you may have halitosis, or what is more commonly referred to as bad breath, curing the problem may be easier than you think. You can may small changes to your daily routine and lifestyle that will help you to have fresher breath-and more confidence. Most of these changes are fairly cheap as well, and are things that are good for your overall health, such as eating more fruits and vegetables throughout the day.

The accumulation of bacteria in the mouth throughout the day may be one of the causes for halitosis, or bad breath. Gaseous compounds are created in the mouth when there is bacteria on the roof of your mouth or on your gums, and this can worsen the breath throughout the day if you're not constantly brushing and flossing. Even if you are chewing mint-flavored gums or candies each day, you may still experience halitosis if you have consumed foods that you are allergic to. Periodontal disease is also a reason for halitosis, and is a disease of the gums that can be treated by your dentist to keep your mouth free of bacteria and impurities.

Dry mouth can also be a cause of halitosis, and this can be caused by not consuming enough fluids during the day. You should make sure that you are drinking plenty of water every day. Eating lots of fruits and vegetables each day will also help you to avoid bad breath. Raw foods include enzymes and antioxidants that are intended to rid the body of toxins, so a liberal serving of them will most likely help you to have fresh breath all through the day. If you are taking medications for allergies or blood pressure, you may suffer dry mouth on a daily basis, which can produce bad breath and halitosis. So, you may have to increase your fluid intake to generate more saliva in your mouth, which will clear away bacteria buildup.

Treating halitosis can include doing simple things like brushing your teeth more often, and rinsing your mouth out with strong mouthwash after every brush. You can also try brushing your teeth with both baking soda and toothpaste to reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth. Be sure to floss a couple of times a day as well, since this will help you to get rid of food particles that you may not be able to reach with a toothbrush. Following these steps, in addition to a healthy diet, will help you to get rid of halitosis in no time, so you can feel comfortable interacting with people again.
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