You probably know a person that has a bad breath - in fact, according to the statistics (that show that 25% of the world's population is going to be affected by bad breath), there is a high probability that even you could be having a problem with your breath. Medically speaking, a bad breath is called "halitosis," and this condition has multiple different causes and ways to prevent. This article is going to review all the potential causes and fixed for halitosis.
Having Breath Problems Can Be Difficult
Everyone knows one person (or a few perhaps) that has a bad breath problem. The worst thing about this is that many times this person is going to have something nice to say, but you don't want to get close to them as the smell is simply intolerable.
`This Can Happen to You
You shouldn't laugh at people with bad breath problems, as statistics show that over 25% of the world's population (that's 1 in 4 people) is going to suffer from this problem at some point in their life. That means there's a high probability of you having bad breath as well.
These Are Tonsil Stones
A large portion of people that have bad breath problems, in fact, have a problem with the so-called "tonsil stones." Tonsil stones are little white formations that appear on your tonsils. They are formed of various types of sulfur-producing bacteria.
Tonsil Stones Are Easy to Remove
The good news (if it can be called "good news" at all) about tonsil stones is that they are fairly easy to remove. In many cases, they can fall out on their own, or in other situations, you can remove them by mechanically scrubbing them off.
Sometimes Tonsil Stones Can Be Difficult to Detect
Although the tonsil stones depicted in these photos are easy to see, in many cases they can 'hide" on the other side of the tonsils. In that case, only a doctor can help you remove them. Ask your doctor to check your tonsil if you frequently suffer from bad breath.
The Best Prevention against Tonsil Stones
If you haven't developed this nasty condition yet, the best prevention is to keep your dental health in high gear. That means brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing, and going to your regular dentist appointment at least once a year (or better yet twice).
The Permanent Solution to Tonsil Stones
Apart from removing tonsil stones with a cotton wool swab, you can also opt to remove your tonsil. They are a redundant organ once you go past puberty, and can only cause you problems down the line. Removing them is a pretty trivial operation.
The medical term for having bad breath is "halitosis." That's important to know if you try to search for different solutions to this nasty problem. If you have halitosis, you should try to eliminate the problem as soon as possible as it can cause anxiety in some cases.
Most Products Only Offer a Temporary Solution
While there are a lot of different types of chewing gum, mouthwash and toothpaste that offers a solution for halitosis, the reality of the situation is that these products only offer a temporary solution. Once the aroma from the chewing gum wears off, your bad breath is going to dominate again.
Food Can Also Be a Cause
If you keep your dental hygiene in order but still have problems with tonsil stones or other infections that cause halitosis, in that case, you might be consuming specific types of food that can cause this type of health problem.
How to Assess the Degree of Halitosis
Most people that suffer from bad breath can't accurately assess how bad their breath is. That's why you should either ask a close friend to tell you their opinion or ask the doctor during your appointment. Sometimes, anxiety can cause people to think certain health problems are worse than they are.
Drink Plenty of Water
Apart from practicing proper dental hygiene (which includes brushing your teeth at least twice every day, flossing and going to regular dentist appointment), you should also try to drink plenty of water throughout the whole day. Dehydration can also cause breath problems.
Check Your Dentist If the Problem Persists
Before asking your doctor or dentist for a solution to your breath problems, you should do everything you can to change your daily habits so that you can see if you might have been doing something wrong on a daily basis to case your breath problems.
Food That Can Cause a Bad Breath
There are not too many types of food items that can cause a bad breath. The most common items that cause this problem are onions, garlic, and some spices. After you digest food like this, it can get carried through your bloodstream and affect your breath.
Another potential cause for bad breath (and other health problems) is consuming tobacco products, such as cigarettes. Another bad thing about smoking is that it can cause gum disease, which is another type of problem that can cause a bad breath.
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