Halitosis Diagnosis?

  • Posted on: Dec 15 2015
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Bad breath. Oh no. You may not even know it…your best friends may not tell you…but Halitosis can hang out, right under your nose, interfering with your closest relationships.

Halitosis originates from bacterial gasses which accumulate in your mouth and on your teeth, gums and tongue. These gases contain sulfur, the cause of their nasty smell.
Brushing and flossing twice a day and using a tongue scraper are proven plaque and bacteria fighters. If you are already doing these things and still suffer from bad breath, perhaps the cause lies elsewhere.

fighting bad breathIf you think it’s time for sweeter breath, here are five things to consider:

  1. Your Nose: The presence of bacteria in your nose and sinus cavities can cause smelly secretions from your nasal passages – which can be a cause of bad breath. Using a nasal wash can help, but if the problem persists, consider a visit to an ear, nose and throat specialist.
  2. Tonsil Stones: Tonsilloliths, or tonsil stones, are lymph tissue and bacteria that reside in the back of your throat and come together as white-ish globs. They are filled with tiny crevices where bacteria hide. If enough bacteria get caught, tonsilloliths can definitely contribute to halitosis.
  3. What You Are Eating: It’s well known that onions and garlic contain compounds which are absorbed into your blood cells and expelled through your lungs. That means it’s your breath that actually smells and not your mouth.
  4. Forgetting Your Twice-Yearly Visit To The Dentist: Dental check-ups and cleanings reveal and treat plaque and dental decay. Plaque can break down your teeth, causing bad breath. Cavities are also smelly culprits.
  5. Your Stomach: If none of the above is causing your bad breath, or if it’s a chronic problem that nothing seems to help, see your medical doctor. In some cases, stomach problems, such as acid reflux, can cause bad breath.

Now is the perfect time…if you are concerned about your breath, call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Wylie, today: (304) 845-2480.

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