No one wants to have bad breath. There is a whole industry in breath mints, chewing gum and breath freshener products that are designed to cover up any problems with bad breath, also known as halitosis.
The problem is that covering up the halitosis doesn’t cure the problem. For many people bad breath is caused by poor dental hygiene practices that leave food, bacteria and small debris in the mount to decay. It may also be a sign of infections already present in the gums, a very serious dental health risk known as gum disease or Periodontitis.
Halitosis may also be caused by other factors as well. Some can include diet, sleep, age and hormonal changes as well as stress levels. Some medicines and medical treatments, including radiation therapy for cancer patients, may also cause the condition. Diseases such as diabetes, kidney and liver failure, digestive disorders or internal infections can also be at the root of the problem.