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In many cases, bad breath is due to the presence of too much oral bacteria. The medical term for bad breath is halitosis, but there are many conditions and circumstances that lead to bad breath.
In many cases, bad breath is due to the presence of too much oral bacteria. The medical term for bad breath is halitosis. There are many conditions and circumstances that lead to bad breath. If you don’t clean your teeth appropriately it can cause halitosis. Another cause is the presence of a medical disease that causes overgrowth of oral bacteria. Finally, eating certain foods can lead to halitosis. Pretty much anything that promotes the growth of oral bacteria will cause the breath to smell bad.



Savage Sinus Conditions

When you have an upper respiratory infection or sinus condition, postnasal drip causes the back portion of the tongue to accumulate bacterial. This discharge has not only a foul smell, but an awful taste, as well. When your oral bacterial feed on the discharge, smelly waste products accumulate in the mouth and bad breath is worsened. What’s more, people with sinus problems and infections that involve the head, mouth, and nose often have stuffy noses and breathe through their mouths. The drying effect that occurs promotes worse breath.

Disdainful Denture Breath

Dentures, whether full or partial) can have a significant influence on the quality of a person’s breath and the smell of the breath. Bacteria tends to accumulate underneath the dentures and this is the source of bad breath. People who wear dentures should take extra hygienic measures to clean their mouth as well as their dentures daily.

How Can I Cure Bad Breath?

According to the latest research studies, 85% of the cases of bad breath are directly attributed to the factors originating in the mouth. Everyone harbors bacteria in their mouths. It is there for a reason. These bacteria are “anaerobic” meaning they like environments where there is little oxygen. These bacteria reside in the areas of the mouth where they can hide from oxygen. These include the groves of the tongue, the spaces between the teeth, and the pockets between the gums and the teeth. So, it makes sense to clean up this bacteria and the end result will be better breath.

For good oral hygiene, brush your teeth and clean your tongue a couple of times a day. Follow up with mouthwash after you are done and don’t forget to floss. Also, keep your mouth well hydrated by drinking water. Avoid smoking, garlic, and onions, too. Finally, be sure you are evaluated by your dentist for any gum disease or tooth decay that can pose a problem.

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  • WebMD.com (2011). Bad breath. Retrieved from: http://www.medicinenet.com/bad_breath/article.htm#tocc
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