Bad Breath

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Bad Breath

Bad breath, or Halitosis, is a symptom of various disorders, ranging from the mild and temporary to the more severe. Often bad breath goes undetected by the sufferer until somebody mentions it to them.

Bad breath can be caused by various conditions. At its least harmful it is the result of eating certain foods with strong flavours, such as curries, garlic and onions, or drinking alcohol. Food particles which decay in the mouth, possibly because they are trapped in the teeth, can cause temporary bad breath. Smokers may also suffer from bad breath. Other causes for bad breath include: Tooth Decay, Periodontal Disease, Tonsillitis, Oral Thrush, Diabetes, Acute Bronchitis, Liver Problems, Cancer of the throat, larynx, tongue, mouth, lungs, oesophagus, or rarely stomach cancer, Sinusitis, Chronic Gastritis, Under-production of saliva, and Constipation.

When to seek further professional advice
If you have bad breath you should consult your doctor so that he can find the underlying cause of your problem and treat it accordingly.

Alternative Treatment

Western Herbalism: Bad breath is often linked to sinus infection, mild chronic tonsillitis or digestive dysfunction, all of which can be treated by a Western Herbalist.
Homeopathy: Specific remedies may be useful, according to symptoms.
Other therapies include: Acupressure, Aromatherapy, Chinese Herbalism, Shiatsu, and Autogenic Training.

Traditional Treatment

Treatment of bad breath is according to its it's cause. Very often improving oral hygiene and rectifying any dental problems will overcome problems of bad breath. Visiting the dentist regularly will help keep the mouth in order. Brushing the teeth and flossing regularly will get rid of food trapped in the mouth and between the teeth. Antiseptic mouthwashes and antibiotic lozenges provide only temporary relief from bad breath and using them may upset the natural bacteria in the body, causing oral thrush. If any other cause is responsible for the bad breath, this must first be identified and then followed up with appropriate treatment before the symptom can diappear.

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Author - Body and Mind

Published - 2013-01-17