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Bad Breath Disease

Most people don't think of bad breath as a disease, but it can be a sign of disease. It can be the first sign that there is inflammation in your mouth, which is one of the signs of gum disease. Gum disease has connections with diabetes and heart disease, among others.

Bad breath smells, and what's worse, you may not know you have it. In this article you'll learn about the many reasons to look at bad breath as disease and how it can be a sign of poor oral health. Studies are pointing to the mouth as a major indicator of general well-being. It's therefore, important to find out the cause of bad breath, pay attention to the signs and symptoms of it, and learn how to get rid of bad breath.

The most common causes of bad breath is directly from the mouth. But your stomach or systemic disease may also cause temporary or chronic bad breath.

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Oral Hygiene is More Than Brushing the Teeth

Although learning how to properly brush your teeth is very important, it's not just about brushing. Simply not practicing proper daily oral hygiene could be one cause of bad breath. The reason why your dentist or dental hygienist nag you to brush and floss your teeth is because bad breath bacteria accumulate on the teeth and gum tissue in a film called plaque within 6 hours of brushing. Yes, just 6 hours after brushing! If the plaque is not thoroughly removed within 24 hours, it starts to cause problems, including bad breath.

As the bad bacteria increase in number, they cause damage by attaching not only to your gum tissue, but the bone surrounding the teeth and the teeth themselves. Bad breath from your mouth accounts for about 80 percent of halitosis. This is the beginning of bad breath as disease.

Bad Breath Bacteria Love Old Fillings

Fillings are not meant to last forever. As they get old and defective, cracks and small holes can harbor bacteria. Dentures that aren't cleaned properly can lead to sores in the mouth and bad breath.

Bad Habits and Poor Nutrition

Chewing tobacco or smoking, and drinking excessive alcohol can all contribute to bad breath.

Besides bad breath being caused by poor oral hygiene and excessive use of tobacco or alcohol, foods you eat can also cause bad breath. Garlic, onions and coffee are famous for this. Most people don't realize food digestion begins in the mouth. Food is absorbed into your bloodstream and carried eventually to your lungs, and given off in your breath.

Recent reports mention low-carb diets can cause bad breath. The low-carb diet is very popular for rapid weight loss. During the fat-burning stage of this diet, certain chemicals called 'ketones' are released. The result from release of this chemical could be bad breath.

Bad Breath Caused by Systemic Disease

Certain health conditions are also associated with bad breath. These include:

* Diabetes
* Acid reflux
* Liver or kidney problems
* Respiratory infections such as pneumonia
* Chronic sinus infections
* Postnasal drip
* Radiation for cancer

Medications and Bad Breath
Saliva helps neutralize harmful acids and the mouth. Dry mouth (xerostomia) can decrease the amount of saliva and therefore cause bad breath. Most have experienced dry mouth at night. At night time, your saliva production automatically decreases, which is why many experience that awful 'morning breath'. Dry mouth can also be due to certain medications, over-the-counter or prescription. Alcohol mouthwashes are notorious for drying the mouth, so it's best to avoid them.

The prominent medications that list dry mouth as a side effect include those for anxiety, depression, allergies or weight loss. Ask your physician about dry mouth side effect from any medications you are taking, if you're suffering with chronic bad breath.

As you see, bad breath and disease of your body, go hand in hand. Cleure dental products can help you with a healthy, beautiful smile.

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