Patient discussion about Bad Breath

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Q. What causes bad breath?

I have bad breath for a long time. What causes it?
A1Here are some causes of bad breath:
A Dry mouth- Saliva helps cleanse and moisten your mouth. A dry mouth enables dead cells to accumulate on your tongue, gums and cheeks. These cells then decompose and cause odor. Dry mouth naturally occurs during sleep. It's what causes "morning breath." Dry mouth is even more of a problem if you sleep with your mouth open. Some medications as well as smoking can lead to a chronic dry mouth, as can a problem with your salivary glands.
Some Diseases can also cause bad breath- Chronic lung infections and lung abscesses can produce very foul-smelling breath. Other illnesses, such as some cancers and certain metabolic disorders, can cause a distinctive breath odor. Kidney failure can cause a urine-like odor, and liver failure may cause an odor described as "fishy." People with uncontrolled diabetes often have a fruity breath odor. Chronic reflux of stomach acids from your stomach (gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD)
A2Most bad breath originates in your mouth. There are a few causes of bad breath:
? Food- The breakdown of food particles in and around your teeth can cause a foul odor. Eating foods containing volatile oils is another source of bad breath. Onions and garlic are the best-known examples, but other vegetables and spices also can cause bad breath.
? Dental problems- Poor dental hygiene and periodontal disease can be a source of bad breath.
? Tobacco products- Smoking dries out your mouth and causes its own unpleasant mouth odor. Tobacco users are also more likely to have periodontal disease, an additional source of bad breath.
? Mouth, nose and throat conditions- Bad breath is also associated with sinus infections because nasal discharge from your sinuses into the back of your throat can cause mouth odor.

A3there are so many things that can cause it, i had stomach ulcers that gave me bad breath, my father had gingivitis with the same effects. here are some:
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/bad-breath/DS00025/DSECTION=causes

Q. How to get rid of bad breath?

My wife complains that I have bad breath. How can I get rid of it?
A1Consider that candida infection can make your breath worse. You might try cutting down on sugar and carbs.

"Bad breath can also be caused by a candida (yeast infection), you may have a constant white furry tongue. Look at cutting down your intake of sugars and processed foods, as well as those containing yeast. - Search for Anti-Candida diet on a search engine for more info"
http://www.wikihow.com/Fix-Bad-Breath-on-the-Spot
A2Bad Breath can be stopped by brushing your teeth more often. Most dentists will tell you to brush three times a day, once after every meal. Don't forget to floss and brush your tongue. The plaque found on your tongue and between your teeth is a part of the problem. Bad Breath can be prevented by gargling with mouth wash regularly. Brushing your teeth is fine, but for those hard to reach places where bacteria grow over-night, mouth wash is the way to get to do it. Gargle for at least 30 seconds in the morning, making sure to get as far down your throat as possible. Rinse with water afterwards to make sure all of the junk is flushed out. For the full article: http://www.getridofthings.com/getridofbadbreath.htm Hope this helps.
A3You probably haven not been to a dentist in a while and had your teeth cleaned. Bad breath is called halitosis.
Brushing and flossing are needed every day, "for real", or else you will eventaully lose your teeth, "no kidding" due to serious gum disease. It starts when these deep pcokets form below the gumline where brushing can't help. Then your teeth get wobbly and then you lose them.

A friend who lived to over 100 advised me to use the baking soda and peroxide based toothpaste. You can get that in a grocery or drug store. It would be exactly what a periodontist would have you do once you get gum disease, which I learned all about, the hard way, due mostly to my own stubborness.

Its your teeth and only you can do what is needed to keep them or you will lose them.

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