What are the causes of bad breath halitosis?
Are you suffering from the problem of bad breath halitosis? Do you hesitate opening your mouth on
the approach of a dental hygienist or dentist?
Your fear has been fuelled by advertisements that you cannot escape of pills, washers, sprays and
1. The medical term for bad breath is chronic halitosis. It is not a myth but it is not even as
common as these surveys or ads suggest. If it exists, it is the result of problems occurring in the
mouth that can be tackled easily.
2. Certain types of bad breath are to be seen commonly but these are usually temporary and mild.
Many types of foods taint the breath as soon as you have had your meal.
3. The main offenders are onion and garlic. They stay on the breath for more than 24 hours
because they have active chemicals that take the route of the digestive system to enter the blood
and lungs and travel out of the body by way of the month.
4. If garlic is rubbed on the skin, its odor finds its way to the breath. Drinking and smoking leave
their mark on our breaths, too. If drinking and eating too much of the above-mentioned things
result in bad breath halitosis, eating any less also does not do any good.
5. Dieters tend to develop “hunger breath” that is mighty unpleasant when metabolic wastes find
their way to the lungs. Snacks that are taken on time curb this hunger breath but then you will
not be sticking to your diet! Are you aware of “morning breath”? When we sleep, the movement
of the tongue reduces drastically. Saliva secretion nearly stops.
6. The dead cells which are shed by the tissues that line our mouths do not get swallowed, washed
away or rubbed off. Normal bacteria that are present in the saliva break these dead cells down
which in turn results in the release of by products having odor.
7. This odor disappears when we brush our teeth and floss or when we drink or eat something. Bad
breath halitosis is caused by problems of the tongue, gums and teeth. Lack of rigorous oral