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Bad Breath and Lifestyles

                                               Having halitosis can be debilitating, and patients
often look for ways to tackle the problem with their full force, yet understanding the various
causes of bad breath halitosis is essential for keeping the issue at bay. Among the many
reasons for which halitosis might appear in an individual, lifestyle choices can be the least
obvious, while also sometimes being the most serious. Certain behaviors and habits that people
develop over time can promote bad breath gradually, leading to situations in which a person
might not be aware of the problem until told by a friend or loved one, or diagnosed with a
halimeter or other device. When simple changes are made to these lifestyle choices, however,
patients may be able to realize meaningful and lasting positive results.

Breaking Bad Breath Habits
Treating oneself to good health is a generally important goal, and can also have important
implications for breath quality. Smoking is often a culprit in bad breath as it can transmit foul
odors in cigarette smoke to others, while the smoke itself may contribute to dry mouth
conditions that promote the generation of Volatile Sulfur Compounds or VSCs, key components
of halitosis. Eating a poor diet or fasting can also cause bad breath, as bacteria in the mouth are
stressed and begin to give off the VSCs that cause an unpleasant breath odor. Stress and
prolonged talking can decrease the amount of saliva produced in the mouth, which further
dictates bacterial action and prevents usual self-cleaning functions on the back of the tongue.
Mouth breathing and snoring are significant sources of bad breath halitosis as well. Nearly
everyone is familiar with the experience of waking up with a disagreeable taste and odor in the
mouth –commonly referred to as “morning breath.” This effect can be duplicated during the
waking hours through mouth breathing, as the surfaces within the mouth dry out and saliva
production is lowered. Snoring at night may also make breath worse as post-nasal drip pools in
the breathing passages, sending foul scents through the mouth or nose.

Better Choices, Better Breath
All of these behaviors can of course be modified to achieve a better quality of breath; making a
commitment to see a snoring specialist or try a clear breathing project, quitting or cutting down

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                                   on smoking, maintaining a healthy diet, and staying calm are all straightforward ways to get
                                   close with confidence. When these causes of bad breath halitosis are identified and addressed,
                                   patients can be assured of fresher, more sociable breathing.

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