Bad breath is a health risk that should not be taken lightly. It affects not just the person with problem, but also people around him or her. Addressing this problem is better than making it a joke and laughing it off. Remember that there is more to this taboo than the putrid odor that is emitted. Seeking a chronic bad breath cure starts with understanding the issue.
The best way to treat halitosis is to understand the cause. Halitosis is another term for bad breath. The bacteria that break down food particles in people’s mouths is one of the causes of the unpleasant breath. These bacteria are found in the spaces between teeth and gums and in the deeper crevices of the tongue. As this bacteria feed on food particles, they produce volatile sulfur compounds (VSC), making your breath smell foul.
Aside from the bacteria that cause a byproduct to produce foul smells in the mouth, halitosis can be attributed to many other factors, such as frequent smoking, drinking alcohol, or gum disease. Once people with bad breath are able to pinpoint the exact cause of their condition, corrective steps can be taken to prevent and treat it.
It is important to know that there are different causes for different types of breath problems. There is shorter term bad breath, and longer term bad breath. Halitosis is characterized by the length of the duration of having the breath problem. Understanding this duration and knowing the causes are important for treatment.
Longer-term unpleasant breath is caused by chronic sinus infections, candidiasis, kidney disease, liver disease, periodontal infection and gum disease. Talking to a doctor about the symptoms of the diseases above is better so that patients are not misled if not diagnosed properly. Keep in mind that some symptoms are the same even if the diagnosis is different.
The shorter term causes of unpleasant breath include poor dental hygiene, buildup of bacteria inside your mouth, heavy drinking, persistent smoking and digestion problems. There are about 170 different types of bacteria inhabiting in the mouth alone. Any one, or sometimes most, of those bacteria contribute to bad breath.
Note, however, that the categories and the causes of bad breath are not always clearly defined. There are instances where bad breath seems to occur long term, but when examined closely, are just consequence of short term causes that are not treated immediately. For instance, when a person is diagnosed with sinus infection or gum disease, most often, heavy smoking causes this. In this regard, it is always important to get rid of bad habits early so that it would not lead to long-term sickness.
Once causes is established, treatment can be performed. Extensive research results in medical advances that create new solutions. For instance, it was found that using small concentrations of carbamide peroxide has been helpful in fighting bacteria of the mouth. The carbamide peroxide is found to be a non-intrusive and odorless ingredient. So far, it is dubbed as the latest and most promising remedy for bad breath.
A person who wants this kind of treatment needs to get in touch with a dentist. An appointment is needed because it takes time to custom fit mouthpieces to fill with the carbamide peroxide solution that fits perfectly on a particular set of teeth. Once the mouthpiece is attached, the treatment takes about sixty minutes to sink in and take effect. Often there is follow up with the treatment, but most of the time a second trip to the dentist is not necessary.
The best and most lasting treatments for chronic bad breath are through consultations with a dentist. It is important to make appointments with the dentist every six months. They are experts in making sure that mouths are kept clean, healthy and nice-looking. Remember that first impressions always last, and how your breath smells and how your teeth look like always leave a lasting impression.
Source by Robert M. Thompson