An Overview of Bad Breath

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Most people worry about having bad breath, which is also known as halitosis, as shown by the enormous sale of breath fresheners.  It's an unpleasant condition that's cause for embarrassment. 

Halitosis is normally caused by proteins in the mouth being broken down by bacteria.  It is not contagious meaning you cannot catch it from someone else. 

Stinky breath does not come from the stomach.  Burpy smells of food you have eaten do.  Food odors come and go with what you eat and should not be confused with bad breath. 

As humans we have the ability due to our sense of smell to adjust to the smells coming from our own body, therefore we normally are not aware of it.  There is actually a psychological condition called delusion of halitosis or halitophobia, in which people have a firm belief that their breath stinks, although in fact it does not. Their lives are wholly dominated by their 'stinky breath' and they are not open to reason.

If you feel that you have bad breath, it is worth finding out what the true situation is.  Some cities around the country have started what they are calling "Fresh breath centers."  These centers measure the smelly chemicals in your breath by a 'halimeter'.

There are other additional ways of deciding whether you have bad breath, such as the following:

  • If your gums bleed you will normally have bad breath
  • If your gums are swollen and red you will normally have bad breath.
  • You can breathe into a bag and smell the air
  • You can place a cloth in your mouth on tongue and take it out and let it dry, then smell it.
  • Lick your upper arm, let dry for four seconds and smell.
  • Buy a breath kit at the pharmacy
  • If you smoke your breath will be bad
  • Ask your dentist
  • Ask your friends or partner.
  • Grab your tongue and pull it out, look at the back and if you see whitish coating you might have bad breath
Different known types of breath
  • Morning breath
  • Smokers breath
  • Food breath
  • Bad stomach breath
  • Bad mouth care breath
  • Fasting breath
  • Post nasal drip breath
  • Certain herbs and mineral breath
  • Coffee breath
Causes of stinky breath
  • Dental problems
  • Alcohol
  • Stress
  • Dieting
  • Infections
  • Foods
  • Bad mouth care
  • Diseases
  • Dehydration
  • Milk allergy
  • Poor Digestion
  • Gum disease (gum boils, abscesses, gingivitis)
What to do about smelly breath
  • Go to the dentist
  • Good oral hygiene
  • Find the root cause of why you have it
  • Try natural alternatives
  • Buy a tongue cleaner
  • Use mouth wash
  • Stop smoking
  • Brush
  • Do after eating mouth care
  • Chew sugar free
  • Practice good oral hygiene
  • Use oral care products
  • Eliminate high fat, sugary and acidic foods
  • Be cautious with dairy products, garlic, tea, coffee and hot spices
  • Vitamins B, D and Zinc are culprits of bad breath
  • Get your stomach into good shape, digestion and enzymes are important
Bad breath, stinky breath and halitosis all mean the same thing, embarrassment to the person experiencing it.  We did a brief overview of the reasons and solutions and in the following articles we will look more in depth.
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Corinne Bridgewater has 1 articles online

Corinne Bridgewater grew up surrounded by the medical community, her family is full of doctors, nurses, herbalists and healers. She is a licensed nurse and certified pharmacy technician. She has served in the Armed Forces as a medic. For lots more tips, articles and resources for other embarrassing problems please go to my informative website EmbarrassedNoMore

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This article was published on 2010/03/26