Bad breath, or as it is medically known, halitosis, is a common problem, affecting almost all of us at one time or another. Before a date or important business meeting most people use one of the well known bad breath remedies such as peppermint sprays or breath freshening sweets, knowing that bad breath can be a big turn off.
There are lots of causes of bad breath, some transient and others chronic. It is well known, for instance, that garlic causes bad breath, and actually carries on causing halitosis even when no trace of it is left in the mouth, because the active ingredients are absorbed into the blood stream and expelled by the lungs.Smoking affects oral hygiene and is a common cause of bad breath, encouraging gum disease. Both of these conditions can only be temporarily masked by brushing the teeth, although brushing and flossing are important to remove food particles which can contribute to bad breath.
Chronic bad breath can be a sign of an ongoing medical condition, and should be diagnosed by a dentist. The cause of bad breath most often treated by dentists is plaque build up, which causes pockets to develop between the teeth and gums, which then fill with bacteria and food particles. This can only be corrected with deep professional cleaning by a dental hygienist, which should be done at least once every six months, and sometimes more often, according to the amount of plaque build up. Often the hygienist will recommend an antibacterial mouthwash which is only available with a prescription. it is important to remember that these mouthwashes are very powerful, and kill all oral bacteria, including the 'good' ones, which means that long term use of them is not a good idea, since it can cause overgrowth of resistant pathogens.
Another cause of bad breath is a condition called xerostomia, or dry mouth, which is a common side effect of various medications, especially inhalations for asthma and bronchitis, and can be treated by the dentist, who may prescribe an artificial saliva substitute.
If the solution to your type of bad breath is not dental, the dentist may refer you to your family doctor or to a specialist. There are several medical conditions which can cause bad breath, including respiratory diseases which encourage bacteria growth in clogged airways and diabetes because of lowered resistance to oral infections.
It is obvious from this that there is no one easy bad breath cure, but, interestingly, bad breath remedies used by our grandparents are still very popular and often work quite well, usually by reducing the amount of bacteria in the mouth. One home remedy is to dissolve baking soda in water and wash the tongue with this. Another traditional bad breath cure is to rinse the mouth with lemon juice diluted with water, although this remedy may actually encourage bacteria growth since lemon juice does contain some sugar. Several different herbs are recommended as breath fresheners, among them aniseed, cloves, rosemary and thyme, all of which can be chewed or used as tea when stewed in hot water.
One traditional bad breath cure which is backed up by modern research is yogurt. Yogurt has always been used to combat yeast infections and anaerobic bacterial infections because the 'good' bacteria in yogurt compete with the pathogens and actively destroy them. Now research backed by the International Association For Dental Research seems to show that eating plain live yogurt for six weeks can reduce levels of oral bacteria by up to 80%.
Of course, all these bad breath remedies should be used to give a helping hand to dental treatment, not instead of it.To get a comprehensive bad breath cure it may be wise to combine traditional and modern methods, and of course always to consult the dentist about any treatment before starting it. http://www.oraltechlabs.com/