Bad breath: causes and ways to eliminate this scourge
Stale breath does not appear out of nowhere and does not disappear by itself - it is always a signal to visit a doctor, most likely a dentist. You should not postpone the visit to a specialist, you need to understand and grasp the essence of the problem, which often has not only a medical, but also a psychological component.
Statistics say that more than half of the world's population has problems with bad breath, the so-called halitosis, and in 85% of cases this is due to dental diseases. Many of those who are familiar with this problem are trying to do something on their own, and only a few go to the doctor.
Even if you follow all the rules of hygiene, brush your teeth twice a day, do not eat garlic, and “chew on” lunch with minty sweets, you can smell bad from your mouth. Hold the main reasons why this happens.
Contrary to popular belief, poor hygiene is not the main cause of bad breath. “Most often, it’s because of insufficient moisture in the oral mucosa,” says Harold Katz, bacteriologist and founder of California Breath Clinics, “When the humidity is not high enough, the bacteria that cause this smell multiply. When you sleep, saliva almost does not stand out, and the humidity in the mouth drops dramatically. That is why in the morning you have a particularly bad smell from your mouth. ”
If you encounter this problem only in the morning, then try to brush your teeth more often, but if the problem is dry mouth (scientists call it xerostomia), and the unpleasant smell worries you all day, the culprit may be drugs that you take. "75 percent of the pills, including antidepressants, antihistamines and pressure pills, have xerostomia among the side effects," says Dr. Katz.
Therefore, if you notice that during a personal conversation, people are moving away from you by a respectful distance, and flies fall dead, when you breathe on them, ask the doctor if there are any side effects to the drugs you take. To solve the problem, drink more water or switch to other medicines.
In all other cases, bad breath - a signal to the body that some part of your body is not in order. A good dentist can pre-diagnose not only your teeth, but the whole body, judging by the smell from the mouth. Let’s see what some oral smells can mean.
1. The smell of naphthalene
This may be a sign of an allergic reaction, sinusitis or rhinitis. If you have a chronic disease of the paranasal sinuses, the bacteria in your mouth can release mucus from an unpleasant component called skatole, which smells that way.
2. The smell of fruit
You may have diabetes, so with this symptom the jokes are bad. If you are healthy, your body absorbs sugar, and in the case of diabetes, your blood sugar rises, and the cells begin to produce energy by burning fat instead of sugar. A byproduct of this process is organic matter, ketones, which can tolerate a peculiar fruity odor.
3. The smell of sour milk
You can be one of those “lucky ones” who suffer from lactose intolerance. “This smell is an indicator that your body does not absorb milk protein,” says Dr. Katz. But there may be other symptoms, such as gas after drinking dairy products.
4. The smell of a dirty diaper
You may have tonsilloliths, pieces of calcified substance accumulating in the depressions of the tonsils. They consist of unpleasant-smelling by-products of your body’s fight against harmful bacteria. Usually plugs in the tonsils are removed by washing the tonsils.
5. The smell of rotting
If the smell is very unpleasant, then there is a chance that you have a lung disease, from an infection, such as pneumonia, to cancer. Now scientists are developing a system that will accurately identify the signs of lung cancer in one breath. If you notice that the smell is much worse than usual for those who do not follow the oral cavity, it is time to consult a doctor.