Today we are lucky that we can find out about embarrassing dilemmas, without having to discuss the subject with friends or family. “Bad Breath would indeed be one of those- let’s say, ‘delicate’ subjects.

It is important to begin finding out the probable cause of the problem of Bad Breath before you can begin to find a solution.

Halitosis, is the other name for bad breath and the best place to start to look for the cause would be the mouth.

Questions to be answered:-
1. Is your dental hygiene the best that you can do?
2. Do you brush and floss your teeth regularly?
3. Do you brush your tongue

If you do not clean and floss your teeth daily, those food particles remain in the mouth and on the tongue as well as between the teeth. In turn the food particles collect bacteria, causing the bad breath

The chances your offensive breath, emanating from your mouth, would make sense. Make sure, for it is essential that your mouth and teeth are cleaned thoroughly. Teeth are free of cavities and that your gums show no signs of infection or disease.

A. If you can honestly say that the situation of your mouth, teeth and gums leaves a lot to be desired, then it is imperative, for the sake of your relationships with those that are close, or indeed your work environment, that you make an appointment to see the dentist or oral hygienist.

Your mouth and its contents should be given an M.O. T at least once a year, preferably twice.

Infections of the gums known as gingivitis and salivary glands can both result, in bad breath, as well as a dry mouth and smoking

Another cause may well be due to a medical condition such as sinusitis and bronchitis.

When the mouth has been dealt with but bad breath still lingers then you must tackle the second front, which may be the stomach. Odours emanating from the stomach contents cannot get back to the mouth via the oesophagus due to a little one way valve. This is where the oesophagus joins the stomach, preventing that occurring. However some odours can be transferred by the bloodstream to the lungs where they will taint the breath.

Oral hygiene dealt with, it is time to make sure that the food you ingest is not causing your halitosis.

Gastrointestinal disorders can make the breath smell of feces, this may indicate a bowel obstruction. If the odour of your breath is of a fruity nature, this may be a sign of diabetic Ketoacidosis, consult your physician at this stage for this could be a potential life threatening condition.

Food substances such as garlic, onions and spices cause bad breath yet are extremely good for you.

Dental conditions that can cause bad breath: - Gingivitis, an infection of the gums
Periodontitis, which is an infection of the gum line involving the teeth and bones.
Poor dental hygiene
Reduced saliva
Tooth decay
Unclean dentures

Health causes could be bronchitis, salivary gland infections and sinus infections.

Without wanting to appear melodramatic there are potential complications of having bad breath, if you do not address the issue.
Bowel obstruction, diabetic ketoacidosis, kidney failure and liver failure

Social implications are expected, particularly if you are unaware of the having bad breath. Yet everyone in your close community knows. Relationships are prohibitive, for you can make another person physically sick.

Sometimes it is possible that you can taste bad breath within the mouth cavity. Breathe on your hand and follow the steps that have been set out in this article. In most cases it will be cured. Visit ‘Life is Journey” register and buy the ebook “Bad Breath” enabling you to find that smile again........but to do it with confidence.

Author's Bio: 

Nina Bagnall is the author of Looking Good Feeling Great Ladies 50 and over. Nina also writes ebooks pertaining to health and wellbeing. Her website "Life is a Journey" was created to help, encourage, persuade and enlighten all who visit. The website has a Remedy Store, ebook store together with other pages, make sure you visit soon.
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