Chronic bad breath, medically known as halitosis, can stem from a wide range of causes. Some of these include poor oral hygiene, taste bud structure and sinus behavior.
One key to preventing bad breath, in addition to keeping up with your dental care, is to brush your tongue. Many people forget to do this, but bacteria can colonize on the tongue just as they can on teeth.
When people eat strong smelling food, the particles are absorbed into their blood stream, according to the American Dental Association (ADA). The molecules are then transferred to the lungs and expelled into the air when exhaling. Although many individuals rush to the bathroom to brush their teeth after eating garlic or onions, mint-flavored toothpastes and mouthwash will only temporarily cover up the odors.
The ADA recommends that everyone brush their teeth two times per day with fluoride toothpaste and floss daily to help prevent leftover food from causing halitosis.
Those who suffer from dry mouth may experience symptoms of bad breath. Some medications and breathing heavily through the mouth can also contribute to dry mouth. The ADA explains that the constant flow of saliva is needed to transfer any odor-causing food particles that have been left behind after brushing to the digestive system. If you consult your dentist about dry mouth, they may prescribe a form of artificial saliva or recommend sucking on sugar-free candies to help increase saliva production.
Tonsilloliths, or tonsil stones, is another health condition that may cause halitosis. According to tonsilstones.tv, groups of dead white blood cells can combine with mucous secretions or food particles in people who experience frequent throat infections, and become trapped in the tonsils. If left untreated, these rock-like formations can emit foul-smelling odor. Tonsil stones can be removed along with the tonsils during surgical procedures.
If you are still unable to identify the cause of your chronic bad breath, your dentist may be able to diagnose another root condition.
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