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Halitosis Symptoms

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Halitosis is where one has a bad breath problem. It isn’t mild or tolerable, but the kind that can certainly be unpleasant, given its prolonged presence. If you or others suffer from this, there are a varied number of reasons of why you have bad breath. Halitosis symptoms aren’t difficult to spot, and in most cases can be treated effectively, if taken care of sooner. Here you’ll learn about the causes of halitosis, and ways to treat it.

Halitosis Symptoms
Halitosis Symptoms

These symptoms include:

1: You may have a white or yellow film on the tongue, which is caused by bacteria and nasal mucous accumulating. These are usually the heaviest in the latter areas of your tongue. Unfortunately, simply removing this food does not usually completely do away with a person’s Halitosis problem. This is because some of the worst bacteria are found in your saliva, as well as in other areas of your mouth, besides your tongue.
2: You have a chronically dry mouth, which will actually make your bad breath become more concentrated in your saliva and thus become stronger and more obvious at further distances as your mouth becomes more conducive to oral bacterial growth.
3: You have tastes that are bitter, sour or metallic. These are usually caused by sinus drainage, medications that you are taking, dental infections and leakage from dental restorations.
4: You have post nasal drainage due to either sinus conditions or allergies. This usually contains a large amount of bacteria from your sinuses, which are broken down into amino acids that can become foul smelling.
5: You have white nodules on your tonsils that you may not even know are there because these are oftentimes swallowed unknowingly. These nodules have a bad odor though and can thus cause you to have bad breath.

Of course, there are certain risk factors that place you at higher risk of developing Halitosis. These things include:

1: Poor oral hygiene can put you at risk for Halitosis because when you do not brush and floss your teeth regularly and properly, food particles remain in your mouth. It is also important to see your dentist on a regular basis to have any plaque removed that regular brushing and flossing cannot get as when this builds up it can also cause you to have Halitosis.
2: High protein foods, lactose intolerance and the consumption of coffee can all put you at an elevated risk for Halitosis because of the high acidic levels in these foods, which take longer to break down.
3:If you use tobacco you are at a higher risk for developing periodontal disease, a decreased sense of taste and gum irritation. All of these things can also lead to Halitosis.
4: There are also some underlying medical conditions that can cause Halitosis. These include a respiratory infection (nose, windpipe or lungs), chronic bronchitis, having a chronic cough, Sinusitis, diabetes, a liver disorder, a kidney disorder or a GI disorder.

Now that you know what can put you at a higher risk of developing Halitosis, along with what the symptoms are, you can be on the lookout for this problem. The sooner you discover it, the easier it will be to diagnose and treat.

Treatment:
Halitosis, which is also known as bad breath, has always been with us. We have been searching for a good Halitosis treatment plan for what seems like forever now. For this reason there have been numerous treatments considered, some of which are still worth mentioning today. This is because these treatments have the right objectives in mind: to mask your bad breath’s odor and kill off or remove the offensive bacteria that are causing the odor in the first place.
One such way of doing this is with a very effective product called HaliTonic. This is a safe, 100% natural herbal remedy that can help to prevent bad breath by treating its underlying causes. The product will also assist with other problems that you may be having with body odor as well because it cleanses and detoxifies your liver so that it can function properly. HaliTonic comes in the form of a tablet, 2 of which you will need to dissolve under your tongue 2 to 4 times daily. While you should take these tablets for between 2 to 4 months, you should see improvement within 3 to 5 weeks, if not sooner.
Secondly, chemical antiseptics and mouthwashes with antibiotics in them will be somewhat effective at freshening your breath for the short-term. More recently this has been taken a step further and the idea of using oily solutions to physically remove oral bacteria from a person’s mouth was also explored.
Third and finally, Oxygen seemingly works well because it is able to reach those areas that are deprived of Oxygen, which is where most of the offensive breath odor is actually located. By providing these areas with Oxygen, offensive bacteria are killed off so that the oral tissues and the friendly bacteria in your mouth go completely unharmed and can then multiply to overtake the bad bacteria. This is something that is still being developed though and even after it is fully developed, it still would not be able to permanently cure bad breath. However, in combination with dietary improvements and lifestyle changes this could work quite well.
Some of the other things that have been used for treating Halitosis, with only limited success, include vitamins and minerals, as well as lifestyle changes. These are more natural approaches to Halitosis and thus they are also more health-enhancing. Some of them even offer the hope of being a cure, which could banish the problem permanently.
Of course, you can also go about measuring your Halitosis with a Halimeter. This portable instrument was introduced in the early 1990s and measures the level of volatile sulfur compounds, as well as the level of methyl mercaptan, in your mouth. These are the 2 gases that have been shown to be associated with Halitosis.
By using the Halimeter you will be able to tell whether or not any of the aforementioned home remedy treatments are actually working for you. It is possible that if these treatments are not working it is because of a health or dental problem that needs medical attention. In such a case you would then need to consult with either your dentist or your family doctor in order to determine whether any medical testing should be done and if some medicine is required.

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