What’s that smell?

added on: November 18, 2016

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Halitosis, more commonly known as “bad breath”, is an unpleasant odor present on exhale.

Common cause for one’s halitosis may include:

1) Tooth decay-cavities can cause a foul odor depending on size and homecare.

2) Gum disease- different ranges of gum disease can cause different odors. This DOES depend on a person’s homecare and the type of bacteria in the mouth. Gingivitis and periodontitis contain different types of bacteria.

3) Poor oral hygiene- a lack of brushing and flossing can cause and odor.

4) Xerostomia, or dry mouth can cause an increase of bacteria that the saliva usually helps to manage. There are a variety of reasons for dry mouth. If you feel dry mouth is present bring it up at your next dental check-up.

5) Diet. Garlic, onions, dairy, alcohol and candy can all cause foul odors from the mouth. Ginger, mint, parsley and celery can help to freshen the breath.

6) Smoking

7) Food in tonsils.

Medical reasons for halitosis include cancer, allergies, diabetes, chronic acid reflux, Sjoren’s Syndrome, liver disease, tonsil stones, kidney failure and fungal infections.

Cancer of the mouth and lungs can sometimes be detected by bad breath. Treatment from cancer can cause dry mouth and a lack of saliva flow can welcome unwanted bacteria to contribute to odor.

Diabetes bad breath is best described as a “fruity or sweet” smell.

Chronic acid reflux can bring odors up from the stomach.

Allergies can cause bad breath as mucus from the sinus cavities moves down the throat, providing a food source for bacteria. Many allergy medications list “dry mouth” as a side effect.

Sjoren’s Syndrome causes dry mouth. In addition to tonsils being a food trap, they can develop stones.

Tonsilloliths, or tonsil stones are formed when debris harden or calcify.

Late stage liver disease can cause a sweet, musty odor.

Chronic kidney failure on the other hand can cause a fishy ammonia smell.

A fungal infection, or thrush, can cause odors in the mouth.

Wearing dentures without cleaning them, excessive mouth rinse, inhaler use, dry mouth, poor immune

system and smoking  may be reasons for developing thrush.

Fight bad breath with the following remedies:

1) Drink plenty of water.

2) Remove denture and clean. Be sure to let them soak while you sleep.

3) Brush and floss after each meal.

4) Replace your toothbrush every 2-3 months.

5) Regular dental check-ups.

6) Clean your tongue.

7) Chew cloves, fennel seeds, aniseeds, parsley, basil, mint and/or cilantro.

8) Swish with mouth rinse. Keep in mind excessive mouth rinse may cause a fungal infection and this does NOT replace  brushing and flossing.

9) Eat raw foods.

10) Quit Smoking.

11) Chew sugarless gum/use of sugarless mints.

If you’re doing all that you can to fight bad breath and are not seeing results to your satisfaction (or  your partner’s) see a medical doctor for advice on and possible medical conditions.

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