Thứ Ba, 25 tháng 1, 2011

Bad Breath

The Causes of Bad Breath?

Bad Breath is an embarrassing problem. Many of us would have suffered from bad breath at some point in our lives.

Bad Breath is usually caused by the breakdown of proteins by bacteria somewhere in the mouth. Bad breath is not contagious, meaning you cannot catch it from someone else. Chronic bad breath, is known as Halitosis, does not come from the stomach. The only odor that comes from the stomach is when you burp. Food eaten such as garlic and spicy foods once absorbed into the body can release odor through the lungs when you breathe. Food odors are transitory and should not be confused with bad breath. Human's sense of smell has the ability to adjust to odor. Therefore, most people with halitosis are not aware of their bad breath.

Research has shown that most bad breath originates from the mouth. It is mostly from the surface of the tongue, below the gum line, between the teeth and other hard to reach areas in the mouth. The mouth inhabits a lot of bacteria and the balance between these differ kinds of bacteria will determine the quality of our breath. This odor causing bacteria in our mouths' are anaerobic, meaning that they cannot live in the presence of oxygen. These anaerobic bacteria reside on the surface of the tongue, inhabiting between the papillae of the tongue where oxygen are deficient. These kinds of bacteria cannot be completely removed with a tongue scaper and will re-colonize in the mouth following antibodies therapy. These naturally occurring bacteria feeds on proteins and produces a by product called volatile sulfur compounds (VSC) which is the cause of bad breath.

All of us have some level of VSC present in their mouths, but when the level is low, odor is not produce. When levels of VSC are high, it produces odor that cause bad breath. You should also be aware that halitosis is rarely caused by certain medical conditions. 

Self Test For Bad Breath

Follow the 5 easy steps below and test your breath and find out do you have Bad Breath:

  1. Lick the back of your hand. Let it dry for a few seconds and then smell. If you notice and odor, you have a breath disorder.
  2. Place dental floss between your back teeth and then smell the floss.
  3. While looking at the mirror, grab the tip of your tongue with a Kleenex and pull it out as far you can. If you see that the very back of your tongue is whitish in color, it may be a sign that you have bad breath.
  4. Ask the opinion of someone you can trust. Check your breath several times daily because your breath changes throughout the day.
  5. Professional use of a Halimeter will measures the concentration of volatile sulfur compounds (VSC) in the mouth.

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