So how do we fix it?
Firstly, we need to know what causes it:
1. Improper oral hygiene – Not brushing daily, not flossing, plaque build up, etc.
2. Tooth Decay – This is a big one, as a tooth decays, it gives off a foul odor.
3. Gum disease – Any type of infection or abscess can cause foul smelling breath
4. Diabetes – Low insulin production -> Keto-acidosis -> Ketones -> Acetone breath
5. Liver disease – causes “fetor hepaticus” a musty smelling breath indicating illness
6. Candida Albicans – Caused by tongue piercings, dentures, etc.
7. Acid Reflux – The acid and undigested food that comes up can cause a foul smell.
8. H Pylori Infection – Common in Ulcers and GIT disorders, produces a bad smell.
9. Respiratory Infections – Lung, Throat & Sinus issues can cause foul smelling breath.
10. Dry Mouth Syndrome – Can result in bacteria build up leading to bad breath.
11. And of course, consumption of foods that lead to bad breath like:
– Fermented Foods
– Tobacco, etc.
The prime symptom is a foul odor coming from the oral cavity.
Depending on the cause, other symptoms related to that problem will be present.
Apart from improving oral hygiene, the most simple solution that also aids in almost all the causative factors mentioned above is CLOVE.
The Latin name of clove is Syzygium Aromaticum. Key work “aromaticum”- meaning it produces a pleasant aroma.
Simply chewing a clove or two can aid in improving the smell of the breath and healing infections, inflammation, swelling and pain of the oral cavity.
Clove is also known to be:
-Anti-inflammatory (In small quantities)
-Has been used for its Anti-Oxidant, Anesthetic, and Nausea relieving properties.
Therefore, clove may also be useful in the recovery of many of the above mentioned causes.
Caution: Clove can be cause local irritation in some people.
(Always use medicinal herbs under the supervision of a doctor)
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by Dr. Nishal R.
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