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Bad Breath

This doesn't really have anything to do with me but I know a few of you were complaining about breath issues. I came across this in my search for something else, so I thought I'd post it. Hope it helps someone.

Bad Breath treatment and home remedy by Ray Sahelian, M.D.

Natural herbs to reduce bad breath, and foods that cause it
Bad breath (halitosis) can cause embarrassment, create social and psychological barriers , and even affect marriages. Most bad breath occurs when bacteria in the mouth break down proteins, producing foul-smelling sulfur compounds. Keeping and chewing Fennel seeds in the mouth can help with bad breath.

Cause of Bad Breath
Bad breath can be caused by a a variety of factors and conditions. Bad breath, is caused by mainly volatile sulfur compounds as a result of bacterial breakdown of protein and can be quantitatively and qualitatively measured in the expired oral breath. In eighty to ninety percent of cases, bad breath originates in the mouth due to inadequate plaque control, periodontal disease, dry mouth, faulty restorations, and in particular due to excessive bacterial growth on the posterior third of the dorsal surface of the tongue. In the remaining ten to twenty percent of cases, chronic bad breath is caused by systemic disorders such as hepatic, pancreatic and nephritic insufficiencies, trimethylaminuria, upper and lower respiratory tract infection, medication and cases where gastric content may generate oral malodour. The methods of detecting or diagnosing bad breath are organoleptic or human sense of smell, sulfide monitoring and gas chromatography. All of these methods have limitations and disadvantages.

Common cause of bad breath, role of foods:
The types of food you eat can cause bad breath, so reduce foods like garlic and onions when you plan to be in public. Not eating can also cause bad breath, so don't skip meals for prolonged periods if you are planning to be close to people.
Poor dental hygiene can lead to bad breath, so brush, floss and use mouthwash frequently to keep your breath fresh.
Dry mouth can exacerbate bad breath, so stay well hydrated, and try sucking on sugar-free candies to stimulate saliva production.
Smoking can be another cause of bad breath.
If you have persistent bad breath, consult with your doctor to determine if it is being caused by a medical condition, such as a respiratory infection, sinusitis, liver or kidney disease.

Lung problems and bad breath
Chronic lung infections and lung abscesses can produce very foul-smelling breath.

Gastrointestinal disorders and bad breath
Chronic reflux of stomach acids (gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD) and a slight protrusion of the stomach into the chest cavity (hiatal hernia) also can produce bad breath.

Bad Breath Treatment and cure - How to get rid of bad breath
Home remedy involves maintenance of plaque control, elimination of active periodontal disease and cleaning the tongue on a routine basis. Floss your teeth on a nightly basis. Oral rinsing with a mouthwash could be indicated in some instances, as a temporary measure. Avoiding foods that cause bad breath, such as garlic and onions, is another option to stop bad breath. If you wish to get the benefits of garlic without the bad breath, consider Garlic pills. For more information on fennel herb.

Bad breath product - bad breath solution
Adding magnolia bark to mints or gum can eliminate bad breath by killing most odor-causing germs. Magnolia bark extract is effective against three types of oral microorganisms, killing close to a high percentage of bad breath bacteria within a few minutes.


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