What Bad Breath Could Mean to You

More stock images - 034The last thing you want to hear is that you have had bad breath for days and no one has told you. It can be caused by a variety of reasons but if you have been brushing normally and your bad breath doesn’t go away, there could be another reason.

The medical term for bad breath is halitosis. It is caused by internal and external factors. If you have eaten garlic, onions, a strong smelling cheese, or any other kind of pungent food, it will affect your breath. This is usually easily fixed by brushing your teeth and using mouthwash. Count on the fact, however, that the food you eat will affect your breath until it has completely passed through your system. Your temporary cover-ups will need to be repeated.

Smoking is a great way to ruin your breath. And your clothes and your hair. Cigarettes will permeate your skin, your hair follicles, and definitely your mouth. Your breath will give you away as a smoker for hours after you have smoked. If you smoke more than once every couple hours, you can be sure your breath always smells like cigarettes.

However, if you have regular brushing and dental hygiene habits and you don’t smoke, yet your breath is as rancid as ever, you need to see your dentist and your doctor. You could have a medical issue. Your dentist can tell you if your bad breath is caused by periodontal (gum) disease, cavities, or yeast infections of the mouth. Your doctor will let you know if you are showing signs of respiratory tract infections, like bronchitis, which can cause bad breath, or one of the other diseases known to cause bad breath as a symptom, such as diabetes, liver problems, kidney issues, or chronic acid reflux.

No matter what the reason behind your bad breath, your self-esteem will dictate finding the cause and fixing it as quickly as possible. Consult your doctor and your dentist to eliminate the possibilities one by one.

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