Why Do I Have Bad Breath The Causes And Treatments

Why Do I Have Bad Breath The Causes And Treatments

Many people think they suffer from bad breath. Are you one of​ them ? it​ is​ actually quite hard to​ smell your own breath. One good trick is​ to​ lick the​ back of​ your hand wait 30 seconds and​ then smell the​ back of​ your hand or​ you could just ask a​ close friend.

So what causes the​ smell?

In 85 - 90% of​ cases the​ smell is​ caused by the​ bacteria that are living on the​ back of​ the​ tongue. These bacteria live in​ the​ hairs on the​ back of​ the​ tongue and​ produce horrible chemicals when they break down food particles which in​ turn produce the​ smells. These are called volatile sulphur compounds or​ VSC. if​ you look at​ the​ back of​ your tongue you will notice it​ is​ rougher and​ it​ has more hairs this is​ generally the​ area where the​ malodour originates from.

It is​ usually worse in​ the​ morning because saliva production slows during the​ night and​ your mouth dries out. Saliva is​ good because it​ washes away the​ bacteria and​ food particles and​ also it​ has lots of​ goodies in​ it​ which slow down the​ activity of​ the​ bacteria

We recommend treating this by using a​ tongue scraper to​ remove the​ bacteria from the​ back of​ the​ tongue(see OrafreshTongue Scraper).Sounds easy but it​ can make people gag intially. Some times of​ the​ day are worse than others so try and​ find a​ time when it​ is​ easier for​ you to​ do this . After a​ period of​ time people generally get more used to​ it​ & can then move gradually further back on their tongue.It is​ amazing what comes of​ the​ back of​ your tongue! for​ best results this should be done once a​ day and​ your tongue scraper should be replaced at​ least 6 monthly. After using the​ tongue scraper for​ a​ while(a few weeks daily), try stopping it​ & you will be able to​ detect the​ generally fouler taste in​ your mouth.

We then recommend the​ use of​ a​ mouthwash containing chlorine dioxide (see CloSYS II Mouthwash). the​ chlorine dioxide neutralises the​ VSC's and​ kills the​ bacteria that produces them, it​ does not just cover a​ smell it​ eliminates the​ cause. This mouthwash does not contain alcohol which most other preparations do therefore it​ does not dry the​ mouth and​ reduce saliva flow which can make bad breath worse if​ used over a​ long period of​ time.

Advanced or​ chronic periodontal disease can cause the​ same smells. the​ bacteria are living in​ pockets down between the​ tooth and​ gum and​ this does need to​ be treated by your dentist. Check out our Toothbrushing Technique and​ Do I have Gum Disease? to​ make sure you understand the​ process and​ are cleaning correctly.

In about 5% of​ cases the​ smell can be caused by sinus infection and​ post-nasal drip, with similar types of​ bacteria involved. This an​ area for​ your medical practitioner if​ it​ is​ chronic so please see your doctor if​ this is​ a​ regular occurrence for​ you

In about 3% of​ cases a​ long term infection in​ your tonsils can be the​ cause of​ bad breath. if​ you have eliminated all other causes then again check with your doctor if​ your tonsils are involved. Very rarely some medical conditions can cause bad breath.

How do I get fresh breath ?

Scrape the​ back of​ the​ tongue as​ a​ matter of​ routine once a​ day
Make sure you have the​ correct brushing technique and​ inter dental cleaning technique
See your dentist to​ eliminate the​ possibility of​ gum disease
Drink plenty of​ water to​ keep you mouth moist and​ saliva flow normal
Chewing sugar free chewing gum will increase your saliva flow(see Recaldent and​ Biotene Products)Be careful as​ this can increase jaw/joint problems.
Use CloSYS II once a​ day to​ reduce bacteria numbers and​ eliminate VSC's

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