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Cause Of Bad Breath

Bad breath is a problem most people face today. Most bad breath problems begin in the mouth, and are a result of poor dental hygiene. Others are indicative of internal infections such as kidney failure, malfunction of the liver, disorders of metabolism, and infection of the sinuses or lungs.

Infections such as kidney failure and disorders of the metabolism can cause the release of unpleasant odors from the mouth. Metabolic disorders are difficult to diagnose because the unpleasant odors are not constant.

The three simplest reasons for bad breath from poor oral hygiene are consumption of food and drinks such as garlic, onions and soda; insufficient tooth brushing, and regular smoking or tobacco use. Brushing, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash on a regular basis are essential for good dental hygiene.

In addition, bad breath can also be caused by improper care of tooth cavities. Cavities are an ideal hiding place for food particles, which collect bacteria over time. Upon decomposing, these food particles release a sulfur compound that results in an unpleasant odor.

Improper care of the tongue can result in unpleasant odors being released from the mouth. The back of the tongue is rough and acts as an ideal hiding place. Food particles get lodged in the cracks and crevices, resulting in the release of sulfur compounds causing bad breath.

Bad breath can also result from not eating enough. In such cases, we deprive the body of its daily supply of fuel, in the form of food. To continue normal metabolism, the body breaks down fat and proteins, its secondary food supply, causing the release of bad odor.

A simple visit to the dentist can identify and treat potential oral health problems. However, if bad breath persists, it is essential that one consults a doctor to rule out any serious causes.

Authur: Kent Pinkerton

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