There are plenty of effective remedies for bad breath, and just as many causes, most of which are totally correctible.
Rarely, is?bad breath (halitosis) associated with serious medical, gastrointestinal, or malignant conditions. Persistent halitosis should prompt a visit to your private physician for consultation.
Obvious causes must include evaluation of your oral hygiene. Bacteria normally live in your mouth and nose but not in your sinuses. Infection of your gums (gingivitis), nasal, sinus, or oral cavities must be effectively treated. Avoid using antibacterial rinses continuously unless under medical supervision, as you will foster the growth of resistant bacteria as well as induce excessive tissue damage. You may use mints, gums, sprays etc., but remember these are temporary patches and do not resolve your issue.
Go to your dentist and have a proper preventive cleaning and scaling and treat any cavities, gum disease, or “pockets.”
Optimize your oral hygiene and brush and floss after each meal.
Rinse your mouth with water frequently.
Avoid soft drinks and sugary agents.
Go to your kitchen and drug cabinet and, in consultation with your doctor, eliminate all unnecessary medications and try to evaluate your diet for foods that commonly cause halitosis (onions, garlic etc.).
Avoid eating late at night and avoid skipping meals (your body breaks down fat stores during starvation to form ketones that in turn ruin your breathe).
Get good quality sleep. A well rested healthy body will not have halitosis on a continuing basis.
Different odors in your breath can also be caused by various maladies. Be sure you are checked for ENT (ear, nose and throat) disorder (sinusitis, abscess etc.), diabetes (sweet, fruity odor), liver disorder (fishy odor), kidney disorder (ammonia-like or urine odor), lung disorder (upper or lower pulmonary infection or abscess) and gastrointestinal disorder (GERD or “reflux”, infection or malignancy). GERD is the most commonly overlooked cause and is usually amenable to simple treatment measures.
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