Causes Of Halitosis

What Is Halitosis?

Morning breath, dragon breath, and just recurring bad breath is medical problem, one that has been dubbed halitosis. This does not mean that there is anything wrong with you, just that you suffer from or are afflicted by a medical problem. There are several reasons why your bad breath just does not go away when you brush, and although usually it is the usual hygiene issues that afflict everyone all the time, halitosis can be a sign of more serious problems. Let us see what causes halitosis.

What causes halitosis?

Improper hygiene: Perhaps the most common problem that causes bad breath is exactly what most people believe to be the case: improper oral hygiene and decaying food stuck in between the teeth. Because we have certain eating and brushing patterns, food will get stuck on our teeth in a general pattern, and these patterns are also where tooth decay will start, if left untreated.

Periodontitis: Linked with the issue of tooth decay is none other than the problem of periodontitis, which can also cause bad breath to form. Because the bacteria are living in the gums, and simple methods like at home oral cleaning may not be enough to rid you of the unpleasant smells, as the offending bacteria is living in your soft tissues. Mouthwash can help but will only be a temporary relief, you need to go and see a dentist, possibly even an oral surgeon.

Diabetes: A sudden, negative change in breath may be a sign of the fact that your body is not fighting off bacteria, because it is involved in dealing with a systemic disease. The first place where bacteria that are usually kept under control will proliferate beyond healthy levels is in the mouth, and this will cause bad breath first and most notably.

Digestive troubles: If you have digestive problems, reflux disease, or any sort of issue where your intestines are acting up, your breath is the first way to tell that there is a problem. Your mouth will taste (and unfortunately smell) like undigested food, like vomit or like stomach lining. Very unpleasant, and if this persists, you should go and see a doctor, as it can be sign of an ulcer as well.

Tonsillitis: Many times the source of the infection will be a small problem not even necessarily related to the teeth or mouth at all. Infected tonsils can also smell terrible, and can cause halitosis. This issue cannot be dealt with by a dentist, but can be identified and analyzed by one.

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