Bad Breath and other oral health problems
Posted 14 September 2010 - 05:44 AM
Posted 14 September 2010 - 07:12 AM
Food, bacteria and poor oral hygiene are the most common culprits. Pungent foods such as garlic and onions are often absorbed into the bloodstream and transferred to the lungs where the odor is expelled, according to the American Dental Association (ADA).
Other causes can include gum disease, dry mouth, tobacco use, and even medical disorders such as respiratory problems, diabetes, GI issues, or liver or kidney disease
Posted 14 September 2010 - 07:14 AM
* Make a dentist appointment: In most cases, control of the problem starts with a professional dental cleaning, improved oral care at home and some modification of diet. If your mouth gets a clean bill of health from your dentist, you may be referred to a medical doctor or specialist.
* Practice good hygiene: Brushing, flossing and rinsing will temporarily mask offending odors until your body eliminates the food causing your bad breath. Improved dental hygiene will also eliminate food particles in the mouth that collect bacteria, which can cause bad breath. Brush twice a day and don’t forget to brush your tongue too.
* Stimulate saliva: Xerostomia – or dry mouth – occurs when the flow of saliva needed to cleanse the mouth decreases. Medications, salivary gland disorders and breathing through the mouth are often to blame. Try sugarless candy and increased fluids to help moisten the mouth and keep bad breath at bay. And ask your dentist about prescription artificial saliva to help lubricate your mouth.