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Bad breath: causes and remedies for this scourge

Неприятный запах изо рта: причины и способы устранения этой напасти

Bad breath does not appear out of nowhere and does not disappear on its own - it is always a signal for visiting a doctor, most likely a dentist. You should not postpone a visit to a specialist, it is necessary to understand and understand the essence of the problem, which often has not only medical, but also 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 try 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, don’t eat garlic and “chew” dinner with mint sweets, it may smell bad from your mouth. Keep the main reasons why this is happening.

Contrary to popular belief, poor hygiene is not the main cause of bad breath. “More often than not, the lack of moisture in the oral mucosa is to blame,” says Harold Katz, a bacteriologist and founder of California Breath Clinics, “When the humidity is not high enough, the bacteria that are responsible for this smell multiply. When you sleep, saliva is almost not released, and the humidity in the oral cavity drops dramatically. That’s why you stink especially badly in the morning. ”

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 an unpleasant odor bothers you all day, the culprit may be the drugs 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 in a personal conversation people move away from you at a respectful distance, and the flies fall dead when you breathe on them, ask your doctor if the medicines you are taking have such a side effect. To solve the problem, drink more water or switch to other medicines.

In all other cases, bad breath is a signal from the body that some part of your body is out of order. A good dentist can pre-diagnose not only your teeth, but the whole body, judging by the bad breath. Let's figure out what some odors from the oral cavity may 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 secrete mucus with an unpleasant component called skatol, which smells that way.

2. The smell of fruit

You may have diabetes, so the jokes are bad with this symptom. If you are healthy, then your body absorbs sugar, and in case of diabetes, your blood sugar level rises, and the cells begin to generate energy, burning fat instead of sugar. A by-product of this process is the organic matter ketones, which can carry a peculiar fruity odor.

3. The smell of sour milk

You can be one of those “lucky ones” who suffer from lactose intolerance. “Such a smell is an indicator that your body does not absorb milk protein,” says Dr. Katz. But there may be other symptoms, such as gas emissions after consuming dairy products.

4. The smell of a dirty diaper

You may have tonsillolitis, pieces of calcified material that accumulate in the recesses of the tonsils. They consist of unpleasantly smelling by-products of your body’s struggle with harmful bacteria. Tonsils in tonsils are usually removed by washing tonsils.

5. The smell of decay

If the smell is very unpleasant, then there is a chance that you have a lung disease, from infection, such as pneumonia, to cancer. Now scientists are developing a system that will accurately identify 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, then consult a doctor.