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Many people have questions regarding their breath. Many are unable to tell if they have bad breath. Often times, you will hear a friend talk about someone else's horrible breath, yet never tell the other person. A simple technique one can perform on their own, is to take a bad breath self-test which involves a few simple steps:
With the ever increasing proportions of bad breath in America, many people have tried to find a way to simply get rid of bad breath. It has been taboo for men and women to even tell a person that they have bad breath. With advertisements stressing that one brush and floss, people have failed to realize that brushing the tongue is just as important to clear the bacteria in the mouth. The tongue breeds germs that cause the majority of halitosis in most people.
As for women and bad breath, it is worst during the premenstrual period of her cycle. In addition to cramps, bloating, migraines and mood swings, it is believed that women may suffer from bad breath for a few days a month. This is true because of all the hormone fluctuations that accompany the shifts in the menstrual cycle, proteins in the saliva are increased. These anaerobic (without oxygen) bacteria digest on these extra proteins releasing "breath gases", and thus, bad breath.
Our simple regimen to help reduce the bacteria, includes a combination of brushing, flossing, tongue cleaning and regular dental cleaning visits.
We have all heard of "smoker's breath". Smoking causes bad breath for a couple of reasons:
What is bad breath?
Many cases of bad breath, or halitosis, are due to protein breakdown caused by the bacteria in the mouth. These odor-producing organisms can lurk anywhere: around the necks of the teeth, in pockets, next to fillings and crown margins, on the tongue, and in various other recesses in the mouth. Consider how prone the mouth is to grow these bacteria. It has all the ingredients of a successful incubator: it's dark, moist, warm, and has all the "food" necessary that the bacteria need to metabolize. Left to their own devices, these odor-causing bacteria can thrive to the extent of causing bad breath.
What can I do to overcome bad breath?
Practice good oral hygiene. This includes brushing and flossing regularly and effectively, so that as much of the plaque is removed by you as possible. If your mouth feels dry, drink plenty of liquids during the day. If necessary, use sugar-free mints or breath-freshening products found in health and drug stores.
What else can I do to help keep my breath fresh?
Brush your tongue. Your dentist may recommend a special brush or tongue scraper for this, but a conventional, soft-bristled toothbrush, will do just fine. Remember, bacterial plaque can hide in the filamentous recesses of the tongue, contributing to bad breath.
What should I do if bad breath persists?
See your dentist. Make certain there are no obvious trouble spots contributing to this problem, especially an untreated periodontal condition like a gum abscess.
Once your mouth appears free of anything that might contribute to halitosis, consider consulting with your physician about this matter. One of the most common medical conditions that cause bad breath is reflux from the upper gastrointestinal tract and sinus infections (more information can be viewed at www.AdvancedAllergyNY.com).
Regardless of what the cause, bad breath can usually be helped!