Do You Have Dragon Breath?

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Is there anything more embarrassing than unpleasant breath? Halitosis (the medical term for bad breath) can be hard to identify in ourselves. It’s also a topic most people don’t want to address with one another; this can frequently lead to a situation where a person is unaware that they have bad breath, which may cause avoidance. Nobody wants to tell Stinky Joe that his breath is bad enough to gag an ox, and before you know it, he’s all alone and wondering why nobody likes him.

If the majority of television commercials are to be believed, halitosis can be easily solved by popping a mint or piece of gum into your mouth. In a matter of moments, the problem is gone and your breath is minty fresh. No worries, right? Well, the reality is these products can make your breath feel fresher temporarily, but they may be masking symptoms of an underlying problem that you’re not addressing.

A blonde woman covering her mouth. Certain health problems, types of food, or habits that you may have can contribute to bad breath. Good, consistent dental hygiene can make a big difference, but it may not completely solve the problem. If you consistently have bad breath or chronic halitosis, it may be the sign of a problem that you need to discuss with your doctor. You should also become familiar with some of the most common causes of bad breath.

Smelly food – eating certain kinds of food, like onions and garlic, can lead to bad breath. Even if you brush your teeth after eating, they can still affect your breath. As your body digests these foods they’re absorbed into the bloodstream. They’re then carried to the lungs, and the odor is expelled as you breathe. As you can see, this causes odors to come out of your body long after you’ve finished eating.

Tobacco – smokers have their own unique smell that we are all familiar with. Tobacco use can also lead to increased risk for gum disease, which can also affect your breath.

Poor brushing habits – if you don’t brush and floss your teeth every day, food particles remain in your mouth and can cause bad breath. When brushing, don’t neglect to scrub your tongue to remove the bacteria that can become trapped on its uneven surface.

Cotton mouth – one of the functions of saliva is to help cleanse your mouth; if you’re not producing enough saliva, this can create a bad odor. Our body doesn’t produce as much saliva while we’re asleep. This results in “morning breath.”

Dehydration – make sure that your drink enough water. Keeping body hydrated rinses bacteria out of your mouth and prevents odors from forming.

Infections and disease – if you have an infection in your mouth or a gum disease like gingivitis, your breath will show it. Some stomach disorders also can also contribute to unpleasant breath.

If you have trouble with chronic bad breath, be sure to speak with your doctor, dentist, or Chiropractor. Yes, your Chiropractor can help you uncover the underlying cause of your bad breath. Chronic bad breath can be a sign of a more serious condition, so if you think that your breath isn’t as fresh as it should be, do yourself a favor and talk to a professional.  

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