Bad breath is actually an internal disorder and is diagnosed through proper examination. It can also be called halitosis and is also the terminology for mouth & throat odor secondary to vomiting. This odor can either be that of rotten eggs, an ammonia smell (usually attributed to kidney failure), or fruity and sweet smell as that observed with diabetic ketoacidosis. The bacteria that causes these odors thrive on the secretions and causes protein breakdown thus producing capricious sulfur compounds that account for the foul odor.
Bad breath may also be due to tobacco cigarette smoking, some diets, as well as chronic dry mouth, but around 80-90% of all bad breath comes from the mouth as a result of poor oral hygiene, resulting in plaques and periodontal diseases, sometimes faulty restorations and dry mouth. Bad breath also occurs if there is excessive growth of bacteria on the dorsal aspect of the posterior 1/3 of the tongue. Bad breath is not contagious.
It is important to get rid of the problem. You should all you can to ensure that the condition does not recur since it can be a real source of embarrassment for any individual.
Here are some ways to help relieve bad breath:
1. Try not to eat food combinations that cause bad breath.
2. Increase fiber intake and avoid excessive sugar consumption as well as refined carbohydrates.
3. Make sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss and visit your dentist at least once a year. Visiting the dentist once ever six months is recommended.
4. When brushing you should also brush your tongue. A tongue scraper can also be used to ensure that bacteria and dirt are removed from the tongue since it is a good breeding ground for bad breath bacteria.
5. You should also increase your plain water intake to 8-10 glasses a day. Aside from being able to wash off your mouth it also increases the production of saliva.
6. Taking multivitamin supplements can also help relieve bad breath and aid in making the body stronger and healthier overall.