The smelly breath that’s sometimes called “bad breath” is often a warning sign that something is wrong, such as gum disease or sinus infections. I consulted two restorative dentists who specialize in bad breath; an ear, nose and throat doctor; and a periodontist to get their tips on how to address the issue.구취원인
Brushing and flossing remove odor-causing food debris that’s trapped between or under your teeth. Flossing also helps prevent tartar, which can lead to gum disease, and brushing removes plaque, a film of sticky, bacteria-laden matter that sticks to your teeth and can cause bad odors. If you have an overgrowth of bacteria that leads to halitosis, mouthwash or toothpaste with a strong antibacterial ingredient can help.
Pungent foods like onions, garlic and spices can make your breath stink. When you eat these foods, they enter your bloodstream and travel to the lungs, where their residual odor is released with each breath. Brushing your teeth, using mouthwash and chewing sugar-free gum after meals can help.
Drink plenty of water, as this hydrates the mouth and reduces odor-causing dead cells that can accumulate in the mouth. Avoid drinking acidic or caffeinated drinks, which can wreak havoc on your tooth enamel and dry out the mouth. If you have a chronic problem with bad breath, your doctor may prescribe medication that stimulates saliva production.
Health conditions outside the mouth can also contribute to halitosis, including gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD), kidney disease and liver disease. Keeping a log of what you eat, the medications you take and how frequently you snore can help you and your doctor determine if a health condition is causing your bad breath.
Tonsil stones, a condition in which the tonsils harbor bacteria and can form white bumps on the tongue, are another potential cause of halitosis. They can be eliminated by gently poking the tonsils with a clean finger or a blunt object, Dr. Duyka suggests, or by gargling with salt water or using a tongue scraper after brushing.
In some cases, halitosis may be a symptom of a more serious illness or infection, such as sinusitis, lung problems and certain types of cancer. If you have persistent halitosis, see your primary care doctor or an ear, nose and throat specialist for a full evaluation.해우소한의원