There are millions of people around the world that have problems with chronic and acute bad breath problems (bad breath is also medically called "halitosis"). The problem with having bad breath is that often times, you are not only going to cause other people around you to have a bad day, but you may also be placing your health at risk. For that reason, you should read this article, and check out if you also have some of the symptoms listed.
Chronic Bad Breath
If you are suffering from chronic (that means recurring) problems with your breath, that means that you are not just "hurting" the people around you with your bad breath, but that you may also have a lingering health condition that could worsen over time.
One of the first conditions that could cause bad breath (also medically called halitosis) is liver disease or other types of medical complications connected with the liver. You should definitely talk to your doctor if you notice this kind of problem.
Teeth Turning Yellow
If you are taking certain types of strong prescription-based medication (like many types of antibiotics), and you also notice that your teeth are turning yellow, that would be a good time to talk with your doctor about whether you should change the medication.
Diabetes is one of the symptoms of halitosis that most people are aware of. Sadly, this awareness doesn't always translate into going to the doctor and taking care of your health. Diabetes is not a joke, and you should definitely do something about it if you have this symptom.
Sores on Your Tongue
There are many different things that could cause you to have bad breath. If pink and red-colored sores have started to appear on your tongue, and the smell is originating from these sores, they could be a sign of certain types of oral cancer.
Most doctors and dentists always try to explain that when you brush your teeth, you should also make sure to wash the gums that surround your teeth. The reason for doing that is that if your gums are not clean, they can eventually develop gum disease.
Another thing that could cause bad breath is leaving leftover food in the spaces between your teeth. The only way to solve this problem is to brush and floss your teeth, or if you are outside, you could use a toothpick to clean your teeth.
You probably didn't know that there are some allergies that could also cause bad breath. This is especially true if you also have a scratchy throat, stuffy nose, and watery eyes during the periods of time where your breath smells bad.
Just like liver disease could eventually manifest itself through halitosis, so can partial and full kidney failure causes your bad to smell bad. According to researchers, this could be caused by the lack of saliva because of the ill-functioning kidneys.
Candida is a type of fungal infection that most people know because it can affect the genital region. Well, it appears that Candida can also "live" in the mouth, meaning it spreads for a long enough time period, it can cause halitosis.
Chronic Acid Reflux
The mouth and the stomach are very closely correlated, meaning that many times, whatever happens in the stomach can also happen in the mouth. That means that if you have acid reflux, the acid that comes near the mouth can eventually make your breath smell bad.
Helicobacter is a type of bacteria that usually live in the stomach, and is typically associated with ulcers and other stomach-related problems. If this type of bacteria spreads to large parts of your body, the bacterial colonies could cause halitosis in some people.
Sjögren's Syndrome is a type of disease that is usually accompanied by having a dry mouth - caused by autoimmune disorders. An autoimmune disorder means that the body's white blood cells are attacking your cells, instead of viruses and bacteria.
Problems with Tobacco Problems
Tobacco products, such as cigarettes, are not only bad for your lungs since they can cause cancer, but the nicotine and other products found in cigarettes could attach themselves to your gums and teeth, eventually causing breath problems.
The mouth is one of the few areas of the body which functions better wet than dry - most others parts of your body actually develop infections and diseases if they stay wet for too long. That is why it is important to drink water throughout the day.
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