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What is Halitosis?
Halitosis is bad breath, a very familiar problem that is a cause of embarrassment for those who have it. Caused by a number of factors, this embarrassing condition often makes the victim lose his/her self-esteem.

Symptoms of Halitosis:
There are several symptoms commonly found in those who suffer from halitosis. There may appear a white or yellow film on the tongue with the mouth getting dry. Sour, bitter or metallic tastes are some other symptoms of halitosis. A person is likely to have halitosis if brushing or dental flossing fails to bring about any significant improvement in the condition. Loss of self-esteem and self-confidence usually occurs with bad breath. Post nasal drainage and white nodules on the tonsils are some other symptoms of halitosis.

Causes of Halitosis:
Various factors may be responsible for halitosis. Bacterial infections and medications are some of its primary causes. Certain types of bacteria may help form some gaseous compounds in one’s mouth that may result in bad breath. A dry mouth causes bad breath in some people, the dryness arising out of some medications one is using or because of some other medical problems. Those who are suffering from periodontal problems like mouth sores and gum abscesses are often found to have halitosis. These problems mostly occur because of poor oral hygiene, dentures, tobacco smoking or restoration of teeth, such as bridges.

Common experience suggests that rotten bits of food stuck between one’s teeth, or around the gums cause bad breath. Such rotten foods also help the growth of bacteria in one’s mouth which can cause a gum disease called gingivitis. Gingivitis is also one of the main causes of halitosis. There are certain types of food and drink that cause bad breath. Familiar foods like garlic, onions, cheese, pastrami, certain spices, orange juice and soda often give rise to bad breath. After being digested and its oils being absorbed into the bloodstream, these foods reach the lungs. The fouls smell is then given off in the person’s breath. Medical problems such as chronic lung infections, liver or kidney diseases and diabetes may also cause halitosis.


Prevention and Treatment of Halitosis:
Home remedies: To prevent the embarrassment of halitosis, you can brush your teeth at least twice daily, using fluoride toothpaste. Try to brush along the gum line, and all tooth surfaces. Also use your toothbrush to clean the surface of your tongue. Floss your teeth at least once daily for removing food bits that are stuck between your teeth. More fruits and vegetables and less meat often helps. Stay away from foods and alcoholic beverages that are known to cause halitosis. Tobacco should be avoided as any form of it can cause bad breath.

Natural and Ayurvedic:
Maintaining proper oral hygiene is an essential pre-requisite for the prevention of bad breath. If halitosis occurs and persists in spite of these measures, it is advisable to consult a medical practitioner. The practitioner can tell you if you are taking certain drugs that are causing dry mouth and bad breath as a result. You can use chewing gum that may stimulate saliva to help prevent dry mouth.

Dr.Kosla’s medical center at Mumbai is best center for treating Halitosis.
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