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Halitosis, more commonly known as bad breath, is common in most adults and many children. Some people are convinced they have it and they really don’t, which then leads the market with a vast industry that promoted toothpaste, mouth washes and other products that promise to vanquish oders. For most people all that is required is a good balanced diet and good oral hygiene.

Some symptoms a person may have if they are having bad breath might be a stale unpleasant odor coming from the mouth. Also a foul, putrid odor coming through the mouth from internal organs is another sign that you have a problem.

The cause for bad breath is plaque in most common cases. Plaque is a sticky coating of food particles, saliva, and bacteria on teeth. This seems to be the major cause of bad breath. Residual traces of coffee, alcoholic drinks, tobacco smoke, and highly spiced or strong smelling foods can also contribute to mouth odor. A regular flow of saliva helps to clean the mouth. So therefore a dry mouth like at night when sleeping will cause you to have stale breath. But when salvia collects in the mouth, particularly in the depressions at the back of the tongue and is digested by oral bacteria, powerful odors can result. Other reasons bad breath can occur is due to lung ailments, cancer, diabetes, kidney disease, sinusitis, and strep throat. Also taking certain drugs can enduce a case of bad
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Treatment for bad breath can vary and is usually quite a simple task to take care of. Good oral hygiene is most important. By brushing and flossing teeth at least twice day, especially after meals when food particles can be trapped in your mouth and lodged in the teeth. Baking soda is a good substitute for toothpaste. It is a good cleaner and can deodorize the breath. Eliminating strong smelling food can also help in curbing bad breath.

Also drinking plenty of water can reduce the problem by stimulating the flow of saliva. A person must remember that mouthwashes, mints, and chewing gum are only a temporary solution and is only a cover up for bad breath.