The Truth about Bad Breath

Scared young woman with her hand on her mouth

(DGIwire) Having a problem getting a date? Or a job?

The cause may be more esoteric than your personality, looks, or business qualifications.

Bad breath or halitosis is a condition that very few people talk about upfront. It’s an awkward topic that is usually discussed about you, after you have left the room. Most of us are afraid that it may create embarrassment or awkward feelings if actually discussed with you.

So let me set the record straight. If you are supposedly a GOOD friend to someone who has a halitosis (bad breath) problem, live up to your reputation and BE a GOOD friend, and tell your buddy that they have a problem. It is very correctable; usually within a short period of time. But it will NEVER get fixed if your friend doesn’t know he has a problem.

There are many reasons for bad breath. The most obvious dental reason is infected gums (periodontal disease) or rotting teeth (cavities).  A simple visit to the dentist will usually get this under control quickly.

But there are other causes, usually not so obvious. Below is my list of the most common causes of halitosis:

  1. Infected gums
  2. Cavities
  3. Residual infections from root canal
  4. Sinus problems
  5. Tonsil stones (tonsilloliths)
  6. Digestive problems (GERD, constipation, etc.)
  7. Medication side effects
  8. Dry mouth due to diet
  9. Overuse of alcohol (including alcoholic mouthwashes)
  10. Cigarettes
  11. Odorous foods
  12.  Ketosis (usually in diabetics and people on high protein low carb diets)
  13. Chronic illness

The challenge is what to do for the person who has perfect teeth and gums?   Well, in my 30+ years of actively treating halitosis, I can honestly say that the answer is “Plenty!”

Here’s a simple list of do it yourself fixes. If these don’t work, it is definitely time to see a professional for help. There is no reason for anyone to feel hopeless about their breath problem.

  1. Visit your dentist to make sure that your teeth and gums are healthy.
  2. Drink more water. At least half your weight in ounces.
  3. Cut back on cigarettes, alcohol and caffeine as these will continue to add to the problem.
  4. Get you sinus condition/ allergies under control. As long as there is a congestion or dripping, you will still have a problem.
  5. Read up on your medications and speak with your physician about their side effects. Also, have your physician check to make sure that you are not diabetic (many people are and don’t even know it!).
  6. Limit intake of onion, garlic, etc.
  7. Actively work on rebuilding your immune system and digestive tract.
  8. Use non-alcoholic mouth rinses.
  9. Use sugar free gums and mints (xylitol preferred).
  10. Floss and brush after every snack or meal.

Conventional mouthwash is not the answer, as it only treats the symptom. Bad breath can be cured. But no cure can be found until the cause is known. Each of the listed relevant factors mentioned above (and more) should be explored in detail with your dentist or health practitioner. With a bit of diligence, a natural holistic approach will work.

Contributor Bio:

Dr. Idelle Brand is a holistic dentist, multifaceted integrative healer and teacher of diverse complementary healing modalities. She is the author of Enlightened Indigo Child, an important book for people with high sensitivities and My Secrets to Regaining Health, a concise handbook that delves into the possible reasons for unresolved health issues and how to resolve them. 

She is also the founder of Enlightened Dentistry™, a new paradigm of integrative holistic dental care that encompasses healing of the body, mind and spirit. She can be reached through her website TheBrandWellnessCenter.com

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