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Bad Breath - Halitosis

Halitosis or bad breath has a significant personal and social impact on those who suffer from it or believe they do (halitophobia), and is estimated to be the 3rd most frequent reason for seeking dental aid, following tooth decay and periodontal disease. It is so embarrassing for most of the people, that they hate to even talk about it. In most cases even your best friend won't even tell you anything about it.

While bad breath or halitosis may sometimes be caused by poor oral hygiene, there may also be other underlying causes which contribute to bad breath and are often difficult to treat, despite all efforts to follow a healthy mouth and teeth cleaning routine.

Some people think that bad breath comes from the stomach, some think that bad breath originates in the mouth itself and is caused by millions of bacteria that naturally exist in our mouth and produce nasty smelling gas what we call bad breath. We know that something is different in people with halitosis, otherwise everyone would have it. The truth is that nobody knows yet what really causes bad breath bacteria and how to successfuly eliminate them, and that is the only reason why we only have temporary relief but we don't have cure for it. The combination of knowing the guilty bacteria and the genes of their hosts could lead to the ability to find new treatments for it.

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Did You Know?

All human beings have bad breath every day. The intensity of bad breath differs during the day, as a function of oral dryness, (which may be due to stress or fasting), eating certain foods (such as garlic, onions, meat, fish, cheese, spicy food etc.). Smoking and alcohol consumption are also common causes of bad breath.

We all wake up in the morning with that unpleasant bad breath called morning breath. Because the mouth is dry and inactive during the night, the odor is there upon awakening.

To Combat Bad Breath You Must First Know What Causes Bad Breath

For the majority of people (90% of those who have bad breath - halitosis), the single most frequent cause of their breath odor problem is related to conditions in their mouth. Odors coming from the stomach are almost never the cause of chronic bad breath. More specifically, bad breath is usually caused by the bacteria that live in a person's mouth. Bacteria, just like people, go through their lives consuming foods and excreting wastes. The wastes of some oral bacteria are sulfur compounds and it is primarily these odoriferous wastes which usually lie at the root of a person's bad breath. Since the cause of bad breath is scientifically proven, we can now provide a scientific solution. But wait! Aren't there many treatments claiming to "cure bad breath?". Yes but buyer beware. They may be doing more harm than good and ignore the obvious truth that mother nature has taught us. More>
Bad Breath