Halitosis, which is more widely known as bad breath, is a very common yet serious problem amongst thousands of people. This issue is usually simple and preventable, but may be a sign of other more serious underlying medical issues. There are a number of factors that contribute to halitosis such as a poor diet and unhealthy lifestyle habits.
Bad breath can also be caused by many other issues such as periodontal gum disease, alcohol and tobacco use, dry mouth, certain medications, tooth cavities, acid reflux, and other infections in the body such as infections in the lungs or sinuses. The questions is how do you know if you suffer from stinky breath? Here are just some of the signs and symptoms of halitosis and ways to lessen and prevent the burden of stinky breath.
Guide to finding out your breath stinks or not:
The first step to take is to determine if you indeed are suffering from bad breath. A person may not always known if they have bad breath because our noses, which have odor-detecting cells, become accustomed to our own smell. First and foremost, check your tongue. Human tongues are supposed to be pink and and a bit shiny. If it is discolored, white, or dry, then you may have bad breath. One should brush/scrub their tongue on a daily basis to properly clean the are and prevent germs and bacteria to grow. The bacteria residue on the tongue may lead to bad breath. There are also several other symptoms of halitosis as mentioned before.
If you suffer from dry mouth, either as a side effect of medication or just a lack of saliva, you may have bad breath. Smoking also dries out your mouth and causes unpleasant odors to arise.
Dental problems are also another tell-tale sign of stinky breath. If you have any oral issues such as cavities, gum disease, plaque, or even dirty dentures, then you may be subject to bad breath. Take preventative measures to reverse the effects of these issues on your mouth. Maintain good oral cleanliness and be sure to see a dentist once every six months for a semi-annual cleaning.
Can the food we eat cause our breath to stink?
Certain foods that one eats also may lead to bad breath. The particles of chewed up food may remain in the mouth even after teeth have been flossed and brushed. Strong odor foods such as garlic and onions are a factor is causing stinky breath and will not appease until the food has passed through the system completely.
Additional Signs that you have Halitosis
Other symptoms of halitosis include but are not limited to: illnesses (diabetes, kidney failure, etc.), dry mouth as mentioned before, infections in the mouth that cause gums to be red, swollen, and bloody, and even external agents such as cigarettes and coffee.
Halitosis affects thousands of people worldwide, but with proper care and hygiene, you can prevent yourself from suffering from this embarrassing disease.