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What is bad breath
What is halitosis
Who has bad breath
What causes bad breath
Specific foods that
lead to bad breath
Oral sources of halitosis
that cause bad breath
Medications that may
lead to bad breath
Symptoms of bad breath
How do you know if
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How to prevent, get
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What is bad breath?
Bad breath is a foul or strong-smelling odor that can
be smelled coming from the mouth of the person who has bad breath. If
bad breath is a real concern for you or someone you know, I would
strongly recommend to download the free e-book,
Bad Breath Bible.
You won't believe the amount of information and suggestions that will
help prevent and cure bad breath once and for all. I have personally
downloaded this e-book some time ago, and it truly is a bible of bad
breath knowledge and facts! A real eye opener for sure.
Before you can even begin to treat this problem, you
need to understand what it is and what causes it. The only way to
prevent, fight and stop bad breath for good is to eliminate most or all
products and foods that will trigger the little "breath demons" under
your tongue and in your throat, where the problem starts and lives.
What is halitosis?
Halitosis is a fancy medical term to describe bad
breath. Many use halitosis when referring to chronic bad breath, others
use halitosis when an illness or disease is the cause of bad breath such
as diabetes, but basically, halitosis and bad breath mean the exact same
thing. One term is no more chronic or serious than the other. Halitosis
IS bad breath and vice versa.
Who has bad breath?
The majority of the population will have bad breath
problems at one time or another. In fact most people do have offensive
breath, they just don't know it. For many people, bad breath is a
chronic disease, often referred to as halitosis. Unfortunately, those
who do have bad breath don't know it, don't realize it and, therefore,
don't do anything about it. It's quite embarrassing to tell someone
that their breath is not as fresh as it could be. It's even more
embarrassing when you're the one who has the problem.
What causes bad breath?
The myth says that bad breath comes from the digestive
system. It is not so. Almost all cases of bad breath involve bacteria
that live under the tongue, in the throat, and often in the tonsils (if
you still have them). There are many factors that can cause bad breath:
dry mouth, thick saliva, the foods we eat, excessive smoking and/or
drinking, diabetes and other illnesses, and believe it or not but also
many oral care products that contain alcohol and sodium lauryl
mouth is the leading cause of bad breath. Medications such as high
blood pressure or depression drugs, antihistamines, and alcohol,
including all mouthwashes that contain alcohol, are the major culprits
that result in dry mouth.
The rougher your tongue is, the more likely bad breath
will occur. Those who have a fissured tongue, a bunch of little
crevasses all over the tongue, are also more prone to bad breath.
foods that lead to bad breath
Everyone knows that onions and garlic produce a strong
smelling breath. But do you know why? It's because the odorus
molecules in onions and garlic are actually sulfur compounds
themselves. Sulfur is nature's way of creating odors.
Drying agents: the most common drying agent in food
is alcohol. Of course, this includes beer, wine and hard liquor,
but it also includes all oral care products that contain alcohol in
Dairy foods: these are notorious to cause bad
breath. Millions of people worldwide are lactose intolerant,
resulting in a buildup of amino acids which are easily converted
into sulfur compounds found within the surface of your tongue and
throat. Beef, chicken and fish may create the same problems in some
We explained above how certain foods can cause bad
breath. Since halitosis is a mouth problem, so to speak, the following
are common causes of halitosis:
Accumulation of food in the pockets around the teeth
Accumulation of food among the bumps at the back of the tongue
accumulation in small pockets in the tonsils
dental parts - fillings, crowns, etc.
listed in the previous section
Coating of the tongue
Medical conditions that cause bad breath
- Peptic ulcer
- Lung infections
- Throat infections
- Nasal and sinus infections
- Kidney disease
- Many forms of cancer
- And in some cases, your own imagination
Medications that may lead to bad breath
It is impossible to list here all medications that could
cause dry mouth leading to bad breath, but we have assembled a short
list of some of these medications to give you an idea.
Imigrex (migraines, headaches)
Prilosec (acid reflux and ulcer)
Vasotec (high blood pressure)
Zantac (digestive, acid reflux)
the symptoms of bad breath?
- a white coating on your tongue
- post-nasal drip, allergies or mucus
- dry mouth, morning breath, or burning tongue
- thick saliva or constantly clearing your throat
- people offer gum and mints
- people don't get close to you
- people turn their heads/back away when talking to
- constant sour, bitter or metallic taste
- no help when scraping your tongue
- no relief from brushing and flushing
you know if you have bad breath?
What most people do is put their hand in front of
their face in such a way to enclose the mouth and nose, exhale in it,
and smell to see if there is any odor. All they accomplish is smell
their hand. :) It is impossible to smell your own breath that way.
here for a quick free test to see if you have or are a good
"candidate" for bad breath.
There are two clinical ways to check if your breath is
- Halimeter which measures the concentration of
sulfides in your breath
- At home by using the
bad breath detective which is a home test for bad breath that
measures the amount of sulfur coming from your tongue
There are also a few quick ways to give you an idea if
your breath is offensive. You can find these on page 9 of the free
e-book, Bad Breath
Bible, which I strongly recommend.
you prevent and cure bad breath?
care products that do not contain alcohol, saccharin or
sodium lauryl sulfate
- stay away from candies, mints and chewing gum if
they contain sugar
- watch out for acidic foods: coffee, both decaf
and regular, tomato juice and all citrus juices (orange, pineapple
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