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5 Causes and Cures for Your Bad Breath

Let’s face it. Bad breath is an embarrassing problem. Some people shy away from social interaction because of it. And forget about intimacy–bad breath makes it uncomfortable to get comfortably close. Can the problem be fixed? Probably. Learn about five common causes of bad breath and solutions to fix it.

Stinky Food

When eating odoriferous foods like onions or garlic, the scent lingers in your oral cavity. But these scents can also be absorbed into your blood stream and transferred to the air you exhale. That’s why your breath may have a slight garlicky odor the day after you’ve eaten a big bowl of spaghetti or garlic chicken. Read more

Dry Mouth: What Causes It and How to Relieve It

Dry Mouth What Causes It and How to Relieve It

Having a dry mouth occasionally after making a speech or exercising vigorously is not a cause for concern, but a chronically dry mouth can be the sign of an underlying medical problem.  It can also make life miserable by causing cracked lips, sores on the tongue, burning and tingling sensations in the mouth, difficulty chewing and swallowing, difficulty speaking, bad breath, dental cavities, and gum disease.  If you suffer from dry mouth, it’s important to learn the cause and seek treatment if necessary. Read more

The 6 Unexpected Causes of Bad Breath

The 6 Unexpected Causes of Bad Breath

Many people misunderstand bad breath, tending to link it directly to poor oral hygiene. While bleeding gums and dental caries can certainly cause bad breath, these are far from the only causes. Other than poor oral hygiene, bad breath can show up for six different reasons.

Bad breath from the lungs

Your lungs can lend an unpleasant odor to the air you exhale in 3 ways:

 ⇒If your diet includes garlic, onion or other strong-smelling foods, the odor-giving chemicals in them can enter your bloodstream, make their way to your lungs and foul up the air that passes through them.
 Alcohol and smoking can cause bad breath. With smoking, the tar and other substances in the smoke can cause a buildup of contaminated phlegm in your lungs. This phlegm can pass its odor to the air that you exhale. If you have alcohol in your blood from a few drinks, that smell can get on your breath in your lungs, too.
Asthma, cystic fibrosis and even lung cancer tend to leave an unpleasant stamp on the breath. Doctors are beginning to actually use smell tests to detect lung cancer at an early stage these days. Read more

What to Do About Morning Breath

 What to Do About Morning Breath

Does kissing your spouse in the morning send a shiver up your spine because you suffer from morning breath? If you have bad breath in morning, you’re not alone. Most people have this problem, at least to some extent. It’s one of the most common complaints people have when they wake up in the morning. What causes morning breath and is there anything you can do to prevent it?

The fact that you suffer from morning breath doesn’t necessarily mean you have chronic halitosis and run the risk of offending people throughout the day. Bad breath in the morning is usually caused by the mouth drying out overnight allowing anaerobic bacteria to build up in the mouth. These bacteria can produce very unpleasant smelling chemicals that accumulate on your mouth and tongue giving rise to morning breath. Read more