Are your colleagues starting to slowly shy away from you? Do you notice people you are talking in front of distance themselves a bit from you? Do they cover their mouths every time you speak? If you answer yes to all of these questions, for sure all these circumstances make you lose your confidence? And it’s disturbing, right? You know there is something wrong with you.
And if you guessed it is because you are a sufferer of halitosis, which means you have bad breath, you may probably be one hundred percent right. In all the mentioned situations above, those are the signs of bad breath.
And if you don’t particularly take care of it, there’s going to be more repeats of those circumstances. And you don’t want that, because you might end up without friends at all. The problem with halitosis is you can’t easily learn if you are already a sufferer of one. The reason is you can’t possibly smell your breath via your own nose. It always has to take someone else before you find out you have a bad breath. Sometimes, bad breath can become so disgustingly stinky that even from a fair distance people can smell.
There are many causes why halitosis occurs.
People suffering from bad breath usually have problems practicing proper oral dental hygiene. Not properly brushing and flossing teeth leave food and beverage particles in between the teeth and around the mouth lining. The particles breed bad bacteria, which then causes your breath to stink.
Having a dry mouth is another cause of halitosis. When people don’t hydrate their mouths often by drinking lots of water, there are changes occurring inside. First, the bacteria that are already accumulated inside the mouth and the saliva become much more concentrated. The saliva tends to alter its acid or base balance, which becomes a favorite of the bad bacteria to be their breeding grounds. As your mouth continues to be dry, the changing of the acid or base balance evaporates into the air causing that stinking bad breath.
You also suffer from bad breath when there is a yellow or white film visible on your tongue. This happens when there is a nasal mucous that drops into the areas of the tongue. The nasal mucous itself has bad bacteria and is odorous such that when it mixes with the saliva and the lining of the mouth, it turns your breath smelly too. Removing the film on the tongue by brushing or scraping it usually does not cure the problem. Treatment must be sought to correct the root of the problem.
People taking medications can also suffer from symptoms of bad breath. Often, taking medication results to suffer from having bad tastes such as bitter, metallic, and sour tastes. This also causes bad bacteria to develop; hence the bad breath. Bad tastes are also experienced when there are dental infections, sinus drainage, white nodules from the tonsils, and destroyed dental restorations. All of these situations cause a reduction in the salivary flow thus the bad breath condition.
If brushing, flossing, and mouth rinsing do not make a difference in treating your halitosis, this is already a sign that you have the signs of bad breath. In this connection, there is no better solution but to visit your dentist or physician to ensure the problem is correctly diagnosed and treated.