What bad breath can be a sign of?
Diseases, such as some cancers, and conditions such as metabolic disorders, can cause a distinctive breath odor as a result of chemicals they produce. Chronic reflux of stomach acids (gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD) can be associated with bad breath.
Cavities, tartar buildup, or a dental abscess. These can affect children's teeth at any age and cause bad breath. (Gum disease, or gingivitis, is a culprit in adults, but not usually in children.) Something like a sinus infection, tonsillitis, or even seasonal allergies can cause bad breath.
- Hold the tip of the tongue with gauze to pull it forward in order to clean the back of the tongue. Chew a handful of cloves, fennel seeds, or aniseeds. Their antiseptic qualities help fight halitosis-causing bacteria. Chew a piece of lemon or orange rind for a mouth- freshening burst of flavor.
- Halitosis (also known as bad breath) most often is caused by volatile sulfur compound producing bacteria in the oral cavity (85%). Such bacteria exist on the gums, teeth, tonsils, adenoids, and tongue. Adenoids is another location often neglected as a cause of halitosis.
- Start cleaning your child's mouth even before her teeth come in. Wipe the gums off after each feeding with a warm, wet washcloth or a dampened piece of gauze wrapped around your finger. You can also buy thimble-like, soft rubbery devices (they fit over your index finger) to use for rubbing off excess food.
Uremic fetor is a urine-like odor on the breath of persons with uremia. The odor occurs from the smell of ammonia, which is created in the saliva as a breakdown product of urea. Uremic fetor is usually associated with an unpleasant metallic taste (dysgeusia) and can be a symptom of chronic kidney disease.
- When it mixes with saliva in the mouth urea is turned into ammonia. This produces what is scientifically known as “uremic fetor” – or “ammonia breath” (1). This may, on occasion, be accompanied by a bitter or metallic taste in the mouth.
- Exposure to high concentrations of ammonia in air causes immediate burning of the eyes, nose, throat and respiratory tract and can result in blindness, lung damage or death. Inhalation of lower concentrations can cause coughing, and nose and throat irritation.
- Following these tips can help you fight bad breath as well as keep your mouth healthy on a daily basis.
- Brush teeth twice a day.
- Floss daily.
- Brush or scrape your tongue.
- Use a mouth rinse.
- Visit your dentist.
- Quit smoking and avoid tobacco products.
- Wet your whistle.
He or she will conduct an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning and will be able to detect and treat periodontal disease, dry mouth, or other problems that may be the cause of bad mouth odor. Stop smoking and chewing tobacco-based products. Ask your dentist for tips on kicking the habit. Drink lots of water.
- It can be caused by residue from acid-forming foods, such as sugar and protein, sticking to the teeth, tongue and mouth. Baking soda can rebalance the levels of acid and help to treat and prevent halitosis. Dissolve half a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water to make an effective mouth rinse to beat bad breath.
- Here are 11 ways to fight bad breath:
- If you wear dentures, remove them at night and clean to get rid of bacterial buildup from food and drink.
- Drink plenty of water and swish cool water around in your mouth.
- Brush after every meal and floss, preferably twice a day.
- Replace your toothbrush every two to three months.
- Halitosis is a hereditary problem. This is absolutely not true. There is no gene for halitosis that can be passed on genetically to an offspring. Certain conditions that can contribute to a bad breath condition can be hereditary, but these do not guarantee your offspring will develop a halitosis condition.
Updated: 3rd October 2019