Bad breath: causes and natural remedies to treat it

Bad breath is a common problem, which can be caused by poor diet, poor oral hygiene, disease. But it can be treated naturally.

Bad breath: causes and natural remedies to treat it

L’bad breathalso known as halitosis o, in latino, stench from the mouth, is a frequent problem that can affect men and women, children and adults at certain times or periods of life. In most cases, bad breath is caused by aimproper oral hygiene. But there could also be some reasons for the problem diseases which not only involve the mouth, but also the stomach and other organs or areas of the body.

Talk about bad breath when the breath stinks or smells unpleasant.

Some people may feel, for example, a fishy smell in the breath, or even a sour smellof truffle, of naphthalene or even of ammonia. In short, as you can see, bad breath can take on different characteristics, but it is always a problem that should not be underestimated.

If you’re wondering why you’re breathing hard even if you brush your teeth, read on to see which ones are most likely. causes of bad breathwhen to worry and how to freshen breath in a natural way.

Bad breath: causes

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Often, when we realize we have a bad breathwe tend to immediately think of stomach or liver problems.

Bad breath and liver are in fact three words that often go hand in hand, but as we will see, in reality in most cases the answer to our question “what does it mean to always have bad breath?” is simpler than we can imagine. to think.

Most of the time, in almost 90% of cases, in fact, halitosis is simply the result of aoral hygiene not really correct and regular. Inside the oral cavity live bacteria that interact with the substances we put into the mouth, producing, through fermentation, sulfur-based gas, a source of bad smells.

There may be other causes of halitosis, such as:

  • Presence of stomatitis and inflammation of the oral mucosa
  • Presence of gum disease inflammation, periodontitis or caries
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Dry and dehydrated mouth, dry mouth
  • Incorrect dental hygiene
  • Improper cleaning of braces, dentures, splints and other dental prostheses
  • Stomach ailments
  • Tendency to consume foods that cause bad breath
  • Taking some types of drugssuch as antidepressants, anti-inflammatories, appetite suppressants and other medicines
  • Diseases like diabetesliver disease and kidney disease.

Foods that make your breath stink

Before jumping to the most harmful conclusions and fearing that bad breath is caused by cancer or liver or kidney disease, let’s try to observe our food style. In fact, many foods can cause a bad smell in the mouth even hours after consuming and digesting them.

This happens, for example, when we consume foods such as onion, garlicwhose smell persists on the breath even 3 hours after consuming it, some types of spicesclams, cheeses and red meat.

Bad breath and eating disorders

We have seen that another cause of halitosis is to be found in the stomach and, more exactly, in the stomach gut health. Some gastrointestinal conditions, such as Irritable bowel syndromewhere he gastroesophageal refluxcan cause an unpleasant smell.

In such cases, the breath smells even after brushing the teeth, but of course it is not the only symptom that we can warn.

We also remind you that, contrary to popular belief, stomach ailments are not so frequently the cause of bad breath.

The reason is soon said: theesophagusthe channel that connects the pharynx and the mouth of the stomach, has two anatomical structures, lo upper and lower esophageal sphincter which prevent the passage of air, which open only when food has to pass or in case of vomiting or belching.

This means that it is unthinkable that there is a constant passage of air from the stomach to the mouth, which could somehow determine a constant bad breath problem.

When this occurs, the correlated disturbances are of an important and evident entity, a condition which occurs precisely in the case of gastric pathologies such as diverticula or neoplasms, achalasia, a condition involving a gradual loss of oesophageal peristalsis, i.e. the normal rhythmic contraction of the oesophagus, gastroesophageal reflux and hiatal hernia.

Bad breath: the diseases that cause halitosis

Some diseases can also cause bad breath. Among these are, for example, the diabeteswhich can give your breath a sweet or acetone smell, liver and kidney disease. In the latter case, patients may experience what is termed as uraemic breathand breath that smells like urine.

In people with liver insufficiency, on the other hand, it is possible to notice an unpleasant odor in the breath, which can smell of sewer oh you I did, Hepatic stench.

Tumors and bad breath

In fewer cases, a bad breath problem can be a symptom of gastric cancer, oral canceroropharyngeal or laryngeal.

In such cases, however, halitosis is also accompanied by other symptoms that should be monitored, such as difficulty swallowingpresence of a neck lumpwounds and mouth lacerations that do not heal, seemingly unmotivated weight loss.

Since the causes of halitosis are numerous, in the event of persistent bad breath it is important to bring the problem to the attention of the doctor, in order to identify the cause and deal with the disorder in a targeted way.

Pseudo-halitosis: when bad breath is imaginary

Among the “causes” of bad breath there is also a disorder known by the name of pseudo-halitosis o psychogenic alitosi. Sometimes, bad breath is nothing more than a subjective perception of the person, who believes they have a bad breath problem even though they don’t suffer from it at all.

It is a phenomenon that affects more often, but not exclusively, those who suffer from psychological disordersand in general those who tend to focus excessive attention on their physical and bodily sensations, overestimating phenomena that are actually completely normal and not at all pathological or anomalous.

This sort of psychosomatic bad breath can gradually trigger a real one phobiawhich takes the name of “alitophobia”.

How to see if your breath smells?

Since bad breath could be a problem dictated more by our misperception, than by an actual physical or pathological disorder, it will be useful figure out if your breath actually smells or less. To do this, it is enough to resort to the so-called sniff testa very easy experiment, which consists of licking the wrist, letting it dry for a few minutes, and giving it a sniff.

You will immediately know if the smell is unpleasant or not.

Remedies for bad breath

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What to do to get rid of bad breath? As we have seen, halitosis is a problem with many different causes. In most cases, you just need to edit your own dental hygiene routine to improve your breathing and make your breath fresher.

We therefore recommend:

  1. Brush your teeth every dayremembering to also clean the tongue and the internal parts of the dental arch
  2. Pass the dental floss everyday
  3. Use a suitable mouthwash for bad breaththe dentist will be able to indicate the most suitable product
  4. Reduce the consumption of foods that can cause bad breath, such as fatty or sugary foods
  5. Reduce consumption of alcoholic beverages, which can cause dehydration of the mouth
  6. Eliminate cigarette smoke or severely limit this harmful habit.

If the problem should be determined by other causes, such as taking drugs or the presence of diseases, it will be necessary to act on these in a targeted manner, asking the doctor’s advice to mitigate any halitosis caused by drugs or diseases.

In case of bad breath caused by stomach problemsremedies could include for example the use of antacid drugsmedicines that protect the gastric mucosa and/or a change in diet.

Bad breath: natural remedies

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To mitigate the bad smell of breath, many can come to our aid quick and easy fixes. Herbs, herbal teas, green tea and normal water can in fact mitigate the problem effectively but, it should be remembered, they cannot eliminate the underlying cause, especially if this consists of an illness or poor oral hygiene.

Let’s see what they are natural remedies to get rid of bad breath.

Drink a lot of water

We have seen that the dry mouth it’s one of the causes of bad breath, so it matters keep the oral cavity hydrated e drink a lot of water and, if this does not have an effect, understand what are the other possible causes of dry mouth, such as taking certain drugs or the presence of pathologies.

Herbs and spices that freshen the breath

Among the herbs and the spices that improve breath definitely include:

To have a fragrant breath, just chew a small amount or add these ingredients to your herbal teas.

Green tea against odor-causing bacteria

Rich in antioxidants, green tea not only improves health but also helps remove the bacteria responsible for the bad smell.

All thanks toepigallocatechina-3-gallatoEGCG, an antioxidant with a complex name, which has the simple function of activating the cells of the oral cavity which release a antimicrobial substancewhich in turn acts against the bacterium Porphyromonas gingivalis, responsible for gingivitis, gum disease and bad breath.

Bad breath: when to worry?

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We now know what stinky breath causes, but in which cases should a bad breath problem give rise to some concern?

In general, it is always good to consult your doctor or dentist if you suffer from persistent bad breath that does not go away even after brushing your teeth, especially if the problem continues for a long time.

If you are hiring some drugs, make sure that bad breath is not included in the possible side effects. See your doctor if, in addition to bad breath, you notice symptoms such as mouth sores or sores that don’t go away, pain, or fever.

Also talk to your doctor if your breath smells like fish or urine, as it could be a kidney, stomach, or liver problem that needs to be investigated and treated.


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