Bad Breath Treatment and Nutrition

Published on May 8, 2012 by

Halitosis (or bad breath) affects 50 to 65% of the population . Ninety percent of halitosis cases are thought to originate from mouth sources, with contributing factors being poor oral hygiene, periodontal disease, the mucous coating on the tongue, impacted food between the teeth, defective dental restorations, and infections of the throat. The other 10% may be due to systemic disorders, such as a peptic ulcer that is associated with an infection, lung infections, liver and kidney disease, diabetes mellitus, cancer, or may even be psychosomatic in nature (a person’s imagination). Also, reduced salivary flow may worsen halitosis. Most cases of halitosis have been shown to originate from sulfur gases (e.g., hydrogen sulfide and methyl mercaptan) produced by oral bacteria.
Treatment consists of oral hygiene and the identification and treatment of any underlying infections. Additionally, mouthwashes and toothpastes containing essential oils are often recommended to help prevent oral bacterial overgrowth. Other nutritional supplements that can help are: folic acid , vitamin C , vitamin E, selenium, zinc and coenzyme Q10.

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