Halitosis Cure

Written by Patricia Tunstall
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Any halitosis cure must be connected to the origins of the bad breath, and there can be many. Bad breath is not just one, universal mouth odor, but is comprised of a variety of offensive odors that are indicative of the underlying disorder. Your dentist has been trained and educated in the differences and can work with your physician to pinpoint the cause.

Garlic and onions are common culprits, of course, but distinctive mouth odors signify specific disorders. Fruity-smelling breath is associated with diabetic ketoacidosis, a potentially life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical attention. If breath smells "fishy" like ammonia, it could indicate recurring kidney failure. A bowel obstruction causes the breath to smell like feces, a particularly offensive odor.

Problems and a Halitosis Cure

Aside from serious illnesses, bad breath that begins when breath has been normal could indicate any of a number of sources, all of which have an appropriate halitosis cure. Drinking coffee can give a sour tinge to the breath. Dentures that have not been cleaned well or do not fit properly can cause irritation that results in bad breath, as well.

Use of tobacco in any form or alcoholism can cause foul odors to come from the mouth. An abscessed or impacted tooth will certainly create offensive breath. Sinusitis and lung infections directly affect the quality of the breath. Other possible causes are prescription drugs and large doses of vitamins. In children, the dentist always has to consider a foreign object in the nose. Each of these conditions has a halitosis cure once the real problem is determined. As far as preventative measures go, regular brushing and mouth rinsing after meals should be a step in the right direction.

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