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Bad Breath - Bad Breath 2006
Written by Frank Mangano   
Thursday, 05 October 2006 21:12

Transient bad breath (Halitosis) is a condition common among many people.

A very common form of halitosis is "morning breath". This form usually will disappear on its own, with the aid of chewing gum or brushing one's teeth. Chronic bad breath however, is a more serious and persistent condition that affects up to 25% of the general population. The primary cause of this condition is usually a constant overpopulation of certain types of oral bacteria such as streptococcus mutans. Chronic bad breath does require specialized treatment.

There are many causes of chronic bad breath but some of the primary ones include:

Certain Foods – The foods you eat are a large contributor to your breath and overall oral hygiene. Foods that you eat are absorbed into the bloodstream. They are then transferred into the lungs, and become expelled in the air you breathe. Only when that food is eliminated from the body, is the potential for it affecting a person's breath diminished.
Foods such as garlic and onions can play an even bigger role in causing bad breath, as they are very odorous.

Poor Oral Health Hygiene - Consistent brushing and flossing as well as routine examinations by your dentist are essential. Without them, food can remain in the mouth. When this occurs, bacteria are likely to develop and the result is odorous breath. Aside from that, when food collects in the teeth, gums or on the tongue, the gums may begin to rot. This can also cause a vile smell and taste in the mouth.

Improper Denture Cleaning – Bacteria can collect in dentures that are not cleaned properly. This can cause bad breath

Periodontal Disease - One of tell tale signs of this gum disease is foul, odorous breath, and an unpleasant taste in the mouth. Should you become afflicted with his condition, you should seek help from an oral health professional.

Xerostomia (dry mouth) – Often times, this condition is a large contributor to halitosis. In this instance, saliva production is significantly decreased. When this occurs, the mouth is cannot cleanse itself properly and particles are often left behind by food. Xerostomia may be caused by certain medications, a salivary gland disorder, or by continuously breathing through the mouth, instead of the nose.

Tobacco Products - Tobacco users also are at an increased risk for the following:

  • Periodontal Disease

  • Loss of Taste Abilities

  • Irritated Gums

  • A Medical Condition – Any of the following conditions can cause bad breath:

  • A Respiratory Infection

  • Infection of the Nose, Windpipe, or Lungs

  • Chronic Bronchitis

  • Postnasal Drip

  • Chronic Sinusitis

  • Diabetes

  • A Gastrointestinal Disorder

  • A Liver or Kidney Disorder

Listed below are my personal recommendations for naturally combating bad breath:

Chlorophyll - Fights bad breath and removes toxins from the body.

Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids - Heals the mouth and prevents gums from bleeding.

Acidophilus - replenishes “friendly” bacteria in the colon.

Garlic - Natural antibiotic. Use an odorless form.

Zinc - Has an antibacterial effect.

Bee Propolis - Aids in gum healing and controls infection.

Vitamin A plus Carotenoid Complex - Controls infection and healing in the mouth.

Vitamin B Complex – Aids in proper digestion.

Alfalfa - Good source of chlorophyll, which cleanses the bloodstream and colon.

Anise, Cloves, Fennel and Parsley are also helpful for bad breath.



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