According to Bad Breath Institute (http://www.xbadbreath.com/bad-breath-info/statistics), it’s estimated that bad breath affects an estimated 30 to 45% individuals worldwide. In the US alone, it’s estimated that a staggering 80 million and above individuals suffer from bad breath, and at least, 99% of everyone has “dragon breath” in the morning.
It’s not a wonder that each year, American spend a whopping $10 billion (http://www.xbadbreath.com/bad-breath-info/statistics) on oral hygiene products for fresh breath. These oral products include mints, gums, sprays, toothpaste, mouthwashes, and numerous other products.
What is Chronic Bad Breath?
Bad breath is an embarrassing condition that results in the production of foul or stinky breath from one’s body. In the medical community, bad breath is referred to as, halitosis, stomatodysodia, fetor oris, and ozostomia. Regardless of the name given, bad breath is a big social no‐no.
If bad breath persists for a longer period, it’s referred to as chronic halitosis or chronic bad breath. Also, if your breath does not go away even after performing basic cleaning procedures such as brushing teeth, flossing or rinsing your mouth with mouthwash, it might also be chronic.
Bad breath is more than just an embarrassment, but it can also signify much serious health conditions, so simply ignoring the problem or chewing mint or gum is not sufficient enough to cure the problem.
Road to Curing Chronic Bad Breath
Finding the cause of bad breath and discovering a solution is the only way to be sure that the bad breath will be eliminated.
In the article below, I will share some of the valuable tips that you can use to get rid of the chronic bad breath fast. My tips will encompass proper dental hygiene, healthy diet and lifestyle choices and natural household remedies that you can use. Fetid breath could also be cured in this way.
Proper dental hygiene
Yes, poor dental hygiene is the leading cause of bad breath. According to Academy of General Dentistry (https://www.agd.org), the mouth accounts for more than 90% of bad breath, with the odor originating from the mouth, throat, gums (gum disease bad breath), and tonsils.
See, if you don’t do regular cleaning or flossing of your teeth, food residues can remain in your mouth promoting the growth of harmful bacteria that can lead to foul odor. Also, food lodged into the dental cavities becomes rancid over time, which can also contribute to bad breath.
Proper dental care not only removes food from your mouth but also gets rid of harmful bacteria such as Porphyromonas gingivalis( https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC105308/?_ga=2.11898932.1036381080.1511597605-518395553.1511597605), which is linked to an array of periodontal diseases, which can similarly result to bad breath.
Therefore, your first step towards inching closer to a cleaner breath is practicing proper dental hygiene; ensure that you clean your mouth regularly, floss your teeth and perform mouthwash rinsing.
Healthy lifestyle choices
Our daily lifestyle choice can have a significant effect on our breath; for instance, we are all aware that binge drinking can foster bad breath. Do yourself a favor by limiting the number of bottles you knock per sitting, and if you’re determined to stop the bad breath completely; you can keep off from alcoholic drinks.
Another lifestyle choice that leads to bad breath is smoking. Not only does the cigarette smoke itself gives you bad breath, but it also dries your mouth. Bad mouth or xerostomia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xerostomia) is associated with low levels of saliva. Keep in mind that saliva plays an integral role in rinsing odor-producing germs from the mouth, and with little saliva to wash the harmful bacteria, your mouth becomes a haven for toxic bacteria, which can lead to bad breath.
Pay special attention to what you eat as it may cause bad breath. Certain food compounds in some of the foods, especially the sulfur-rich foods, can create strong odors, which linger in your mouth hand digestive system. Some of them can also travel to the lungs through the bloodstream and the fumes produced by those compounds combine with the carbon dioxide that you exhale when breathing.
Some of the major culprits that you should be wary of include;
- Onions and garlic: According to Health Line (https://www.healthline.com/health/get-rid-of-garlic-onion-breath)these two are members of the allium family and are similar in composition and contain many of the same sulfur compounds, which gives them their distinctive flavor. Bad breath from the two is not only because of their remnants that remain in the mouth but also because the chemicals from the food are taken up by blood cells and expelled from your lungs.
- Fried foods: fried food and high-trans-fat-foods take a long time to move through the digestive tract, therefore producing halitosis.
- Sugar: Sugary foods, accompanied by poor oral hygiene can lead to tooth decay and gum diseases, which contribute to bad breath.
Avoid breath busters such as garlic, onions, and some other spicy foods and focus more on veggies, fruits, and healthy meals.
Reseed your gut
Your digestive system plays an integral role in promoting good breath from the stomach. There’re a number of factors that come into play pertaining bad breath in your digestive system. For instance, according to Body Ecology (https://bodyecology.com/articles/2-ways-to-get-rid-of-bad-breath-say-goodbye-to-halitosis) imbalance in the gut system can lead to bad breath since it can inhibit absorption of certain nutrients or prevent the breakdown of toxins resulting to bad breath from the stomach.
An imbalance between good and bad bacteria can predispose you to a wide number of health problems, more serious than even bad breath and body odor.
Unlike odors from the mouth, the digestive system is pervasive and can provide you with signs. For instance, if your tummy is constantly rumbling, or you’re belching persistently, it might suggesting that you visit your dentist for a checkup.
Visit a dentist
If you’ve tried all the above problems and no improvement is showing, it’s time to visit your dentist. Some of the bad breath conditions might only be masking some serious health issues.
For instance, US News (https://health.usnews.com/health-news/articles/2008/12/02/8-surprising-causes-of-bad-breath) asserts that some form of medications and drugs, among them antidepressants, diuretics, and even aspirin, you’ve been taking can lead to bad breath.
Additionally, the report affirms that respiratory tract infection such as stones in tonsils (http://flowersdentistry.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Bad-Breath.pdf), bronchitis, sinusitis, and even a cold. The infection breaks down tissues, starting a flow of cells and mucus that feed bacteria that create foul odors.
The key to treating and preventing chronic is first to figure out the cause of the problem and address it head-on.