People around the world have been dealing with bad breath for a very long time. It is something that affects over 90 million people worldwide. It can be a very embarrassing problem in dealing with the general public, and in personal relationships with friends, family, and business. Often people aren’t even aware that they have bad breath, which is also known as halitosis.
What are some of the causes of bad breath? Traditionally, we might link “bad breath” cases to meals with plenty of onions, garlic, and other pungent and strong smelling foods and spices. These are temporary “cases” that don’t pose a permanent problem. True bad breath is medically called halitosis. Instead, it’s caused by bacteria buildup in the mouth breaking down proteins, with two amino acids responsible for the fouls smells, methyl mercaptan and hydrogen sulfide. Improper dental hygiene can be partially responsible for these buildups.
Medical conditions such as postnasal drip, chronic bronchitis, diabetes, chronic sinusitis, liver or kidney problems, an infection of the respiratory tract or gastrointestinal disturbances can be the actual cause of bad breath.
Some ways to remedy bad breath: As is apparent, good dental hygiene is very important. Proper flossing and teeth brushing are key parts to that. Keep hydrated with water, chew gum, and eat raw vegetables to keep a good flow of saliva to prevent dry mouth. Also, avoid a lot of dairy, as this can cause a mucous buildup. Another good tip is tongue scraping because this helps reduce excess bacteria.
When bad breath persists, though, you may have to get professional help to succeed in your efforts to cure bad breath. There are products and advanced remedies on the market that can help you in your quest.