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What is Halitosis?

Halitosis is bad or sour smelling breath. Bad breath can be acute (short term) or chronic (long term) depending on the cause. It may indicate the need to clean the teeth and mouth more often, tooth or gum disease, or intestinal disorders. Consult your dentist and/or physician if the condition persists.

What causes Halitosis?

Halitosis is usually caused by poor oral hygiene. However, it can also can be caused by retained food particles or gum disease. Proper brushing including brushing the tongue, cheeks, and the roof of the mouth will remove bacteria and food particles.

In most cases, halitosis originates from the gums and tongue. The odor is caused by bacteria from the decay of food particles, other debris in your mouth, and poor oral hygiene. The decay and debris produce a sulfur compound that causes the unpleasant odor.

Other causes of halitosis are: diabetes, drugs, gum disease, heavy metal accumulation, infection, liver disease, not eating, poor diet, poor dental hygiene, smoking, sulfur, stress, and tooth decay.

How to Lower Risks of developing Halitosis

Some ways to lower your risk of developing halitosis are:

  1. Brush and floss teeth regularly.
  2. Clean and replace your toothbrush regularly.
  3. Avoid mouthwashes with flavorings, dyes, and alcohol.
  4. Avoid stress and seek out ways to relax and resolve stressful conditions in your life.
  5. Get sufficient sunlight, exercise, and sleep.
  6. Avoid spicy foods and those that leave residues or get stuck in the teeth (alcohol, cheese, meat, sweets).
  7. Chew parsley after meals, it is very rich in chlorophyll, a natural mouthwash.

Fighting Halitosis

Saliva is the key ingredient in your mouth that helps keep halitosis from developing. It does this by washing away food particles and bacteria, the primary cause of bad breath.

Awaking to Halitosis

When you sleep, your salivary glands slow down the production of saliva allowing the bacteria to grow inside the mouth. Brushing your teach should get rid of the odor. However, if you skip breakfast, the bad odor may reappear. Brushing your teeth with an electronic toothbrush can provide a better cleaning than using a manual toothbrush.


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