Bad Breath (Halitosis)

Bad breath or halitosis means unpleasant smell from the mouth which is noticed by people while one speaks or breathes out. The most likely cause of bad breath is due to bacteria build-up within the mouth, plaque deposits; gum disease or in coating on the back of the tongue.

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Good or oral hygiene will often solve the problem. Bad breath could shatter a person’s self-confidence and self-esteem and lead to a situation of social isolation and even depression.

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Causes of Bad Breath

• Poor oral hygiene.
• Gum diseases.
• Lactose intolerance.
• Dry mouth.
• Tooth decay.
• The coating on the tongue caused by bacterial infection.
• Fasting.
• Smoking.
• Tobacco chewing.
• Throat infection.
• Chronic sinusitis/post-nasal drip.
• Chronic bronchitis.
• Diabetes.
• Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
• Liver and kidney disease.
• Sjogren’s syndrome.
• Some foods.

Bad Breath Signs and Symptoms

• Dry mouth.
• The bitter taste of mouth.
• Redness or swollen gums.
• Pus between teeth or pocket pus.
• A sore throat.
• Tooth Abscess.
• Swollen lymph nodes in the neck.
• Stuffy nose.
• A high number of cavities.
• Burning in the mouth.
• Loose teeth or a change in how a denture fits.
• Sores in the mouth.
• Pain in chewing or swallowing.
• White spots on the tonsils.
• Fever.
• Bleeding gums.
• Illness like diabetes.

Investigations for Bad Breath

• Complete case history.
• Dental Checkup.
• Mouth x-ray.
• X-ray chest/sinuses.
• Halometer test.
• Blood test.
• Urine test.

Treatment for Bad Breath

• Dental Checkup.
• Artificial saliva for dry mouth.
• Toothpaste and mouthwash prescribed by dentist.
• Periodonist for gum treatments.

Prognosis of Bad Breath

Bad breath (halitosis) is usually more of a nuisance rather than a serious medical condition it eliminates on their own or when treated.

Diet / management of Bad Breath

• Brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
• Floss teeth well.
• Regular dental checkup.
• Eating apple, guava, fenugreek seeds helps.
• Orange, lemon or grapefruit helps fight bad breath.
• A diluted ½ teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water.
• Mix 1 teaspoon of salt to a glass of water and gargle with this three times a day.
• Rinsing mouth with a mixture of lemon extract helps.
• Nutritional and healthy diet helps.
• Brush the teeth after every meal.
• Brush tongue.
• Replace your toothbrush every two to three months.
• Stop smoking.
• Stop chewing tobacco-based products.
• Keep mouth moist, drink water, sugarless chewing gums helps.
• Avoid foods such as cheese, onion or garlic.
• Mouthwash provides a temporary relief.
• Chew mint pr parsley helps.
• Cup of unsweetened black tea keeps bad breath away.

Homeopathic treatment for Bad Breath

Arnica Montana:
• Bad breath/fetid breath.
• Dry and thirsty.
• Bitter taste; as if from bad eggs.
• Soreness of gums after tooth extraction.
• Soreness and beaten-up feeling in the whole body.

Aurum met:
• Foul breath especially in old persons.
• Halitosis in an adolescent girl.
• Restlessness and very sad nature.
• Taste, putrid or bitter.
• Ulceration of gums.

Mercurius solubilis:
• Foul breath with the bitter metallic taste of mouth.
• Saliva fetid, coppery.
• Crown of teeth decay.
• Excessive salivation and an intense thirst for cold water.
• Tongue thick with imprints of teeth.
• Nervous trembling.

Nitricum acidum:
• Foul breath with spongy bleeding gums.
• Loose teeth.
• The tongue is clean and red.
• Painful pimples on the sides of the tongue.
• Nervousness, general weakness.

Nux vomica:
• Foul breath with swollen gums.
• Ulcerated lips or tongue.
• Sour taste in the mouth.
• The first half of tongue clear, posterior covered with deep fur, white, yellow, cracked edges.

Pulsatilla pratensis:
• Foul breath with a dry tongue.
• Sweetish taste in the mouth.
• Crack in the middle of the lower lip.
• Yellow or white coated the tongue.
• Loss of taste.

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